This is another hard one because I’m a cryer. I mean, if I re-read Charlotte’s Web tomorrow, I’ll cry at the part when Charlotte dies. So I’m going to just pick a book that made me cry, but that I also think is a really good read.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
This story spans three continents, at least three cultures, and two generations. Primarily set is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is the story of twin boys who lose their hospital nurse/nun mother right after she gives birth to them and are basically abandoned by their doctor father. They are taken in by a pair of married doctors and raised in a loving family, but the brokenness surrounding their original family sinks its teeth into their souls and never lets go. As they maneuver through a life lived primarily on a hospital campus in politically unsound Ethiopia, Marion and Shiva grow up to be two very different people. They move to the States as adults, though they remain estranged until one of them gets sick. Amazingly, they find their biological father, and this helps the tortured twins find healing. There were several parts where I cried. I really loved the mother, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, and I hated it when she died.
I will say that there was a twist ending that I didn’t like. I won’t spoil it because I want you to read the book, but I really hate it when authors throw something in a book just for shock effect, and I think the author did that at the end. (I still cried, though.)
However, overall it was a very powerful book and a beautiful, heart-wrenching story.
What book makes you cry?
And don’t forget Karla’s choice today!