I really enjoyed Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, although it didn’t quite make it to five stars for me. It is a sweeping, emotionally charged, family saga, told from the point of view of one of two twins born in Ethiopia in the 1950s. Born into and raised by a “family” (not all blood-related; the background of their family is one of the complexities in the novel best discovered as you read it) of doctors, both boys naturally become doctors as well, but their lives go in different directions, especially following a major rift between them in their teens. The writing is fairly vivid and I definitely felt drawn into the world Verghese creates. The storyline is complex and through-out I felt that it was building up to a significant and dramatic ending. I was not disappointed; the ending was indeed dramatic and felt fitting and satisfying. My only complaint is that the book is perhaps a bit too long. The were sections of very detailed descriptions of medical procedures (not too surprising, since Verghese is a doctor), which were sometimes rather more than I really felt was necessary to the storyline. At times as I was reading I would actually feel slightly bored, as I was eager for the story to continue and instead it was getting bogged down in details. However, overall, it is a very good book and I certainly recommend it.