I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Abraham Verghese, author of CUTTING FOR STONE, last year. He made the trek across the country from his home in California to attend Miami Book Fair. Since then, we’ve kept in touch.
CUTTING FOR STONE was gaining in popularity in hard cover, but since it has been
released in trade paper, well, to say sales have gone through the roof, is spot on. The paper cover is stunning and draws readers in immediately. People love unique, and unique it is.
Abraham Verghese has written two non fiction books as well. “The Tennis Partner” and “My Own Country”.
Dr. Verghese has been gracious enough to agree to a little Q&A today. So, I’d like to get started.
CUTTING FOR STONE is such an amazing novel. It’s one of my all-time favorites. I’m sure readers would love to hear where the idea was conceived for the story. Would you share it with us?
I always wanted to write a medical novel, using all the things I loved (and hated) about medicine. But it began for me with the image of a beautiful nun giving birth.
When asked which character you most bonded with you said Ghosh. Would you
tell us why?
Ghosh is the internist and father I aspire to be!!!
Before reading CUTTING FOR STONE, I had no knowledge of Ethiopia. I have since become very curious about your lovely country and its history. It sounds amazing. Have you returned to it? If not, would you ever consider it? Do you have any family living there? What is your fondest memory of Addis Ababa?
Have been back twice. It is a bit sad for me to go back- lots of destruction. Ironically the present prime minister is a classmate from medical school.
I am in awe of your style as a doctor and teacher. Your bedside manner of teaching is becoming almost famous. Have you considered writing a book about it?
I know you have three sons. Are any leaning toward careers in writing or medicine?
Alas, no, but maybe the youngest, the 13 yr. old. We will see.
Is it true you are working on a new novel? I heard a peep that you might be, and that maybe, just maybe, this novel takes place in Texas.
Yes, am indeed. But hesitant to start-it is like taking on a cross.
How do you find the time to write, teach, and spend time with your family?
It is very hard. It means books are infrequent and slow. My family I am sure thinks I am not around enough.
I can’t thank Abraham Verghese enough for taking time from his unbelievably busy schedule to allow my readers to poke their noses into his life.
Don’t miss Abraham Verghese’s two non fiction titles. His prose reads easily, like fiction.
Abraham Verghese is a scholar and a gentleman of the highest order. He is humble and a wonderful conversationalist. I know I so look forward to his next book. It will be well worth the wait. He writes most days. Says it all adds up. Has his fingers in so many pies. But is one of the few who can do that and make it all come together.
I think Abraham Verghese is not only an amazing writer but is making giant steps to enhance the teaching of old fashioned medicine, which is just what we need. CUTTING FOR STONE is destined to be a classic. We do look forward to the next…