Intergenerational Book Club meets

Feb 07, 2014
Abraham Verghese

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, 60 Main St./Route 1.

“Cutting for Stone” is the story of initially-conjoined twin brothers Marion and Shiva Stone born illegitimately in the heart of Ethiopia to an Indian nun and a British surgeon. The story is told from the perspective of Marion, who becomes very close to his brother after their mother's death in childbirth and their father's abandonment. Upon entering puberty, however, the two brothers fall for the same girl, Genet, and it tears them apart.

Genet later joins the Eritrean liberation movement. When the movement hijacks an airplane, Marion is found on Genet's list of connections. He flees to America, becomes a surgeon in the Bronx and is reunited with his father, which leads to a painful reunion with Shiva.

The book’s incredibly detailed descriptions of medical procedures and the twins' love of the world of medicine reflects the author's involvement in the world's medical community. This book was selected by President Barack Obama as one of his summer-vacation reads in 2011.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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