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Teaser Tuesdays, A Bookish Meme: Cutting for Stone

March 10th, 2015 (07:41 pm)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Post it on your own blog, if you have one, and put a link in a comment to today's Teaser Tuesday on the ShouldBeReading site.

My teaser is from a book I just started today, Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. It's about the life of two boys who are born as conjoined twins in Ethiopia in the 1950s, narrated by one of the twins, Marion, who grew up to become a surgeon. In this passage, at the very beginning of the novel (page 4) he is describing the setting of the mission hospital in Ethiopia where he was born and where he now works. (The hospital is known as Missing hospital because of a clerical error due to the Ethiopian accent, which makes "Mission" sound like "Missing.")

Verghese - Cutting for Stone

"Matron Hirst's roses overtook the walls, the crimson blooms framing every window and reaching to the roof. So fertile was that loamy soil that Matron — Missing Hospital's wise and sensible leader — cautioned us against stepping into it barefoot lest we sprout new toes."