A Novel

Book - 2011 | First edition
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Fleeing the messy dissolution of his marriage, cardiologist Peter Scanlon decides to move with his seventeen-year-old daughter to Kathmandu, where he will volunteer in a free health clinic. Once there, he finds that he failed to anticipate the hardships and dangers: austere living conditions; a chronic shortage of medical supplies; diseases he has never encountered before; the sexual trafficking of young girls; and political instability and an encroaching civil war. At the same time, his friendship and philosophical discussions with a Tibetan Buddhist lama challenge and invigorate Scanlon, and his contentious relationship with the Nepali nurse who works with him gives way to deeper feelings. But when Scanlon is summoned to the scene of an accident on Mt. Annapurna, their lives become a nightmare of violence and fear.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400069781
Branch Call Number: Fiction Groner
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 06, 2013

He tried to cover in one book too many thoughts, actions, characters ...
He is a smart man with a good sense of humor. But, descriptions in the second half of the book, the incredible adventures of Americans in Thailand, (so to speak), though tragic in many ways, seemed to me unreal. It's like the script is designed more for a movie thriller. And it is the ending of the book - this is a big minus - oh, how good that all ends well! Here, in my opinion, he is not faithful to himself.

debwalker Jul 27, 2011

Great pre-publication reviews of a novel of a father and daughter set adrift in Nepal

Jun 14, 2011

Recommended for those with an interest in Tibet issues, the Himalaya, and social morality questions. I especially enjoyed the letters exploring forgiveness and compassion shared between Peter, the doctor who was practicing in Nepal, and a revered lama he met while there.


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Jun 07, 2013

“Mercy was in short supply, but commerce was common as dirt and understood by everyone.”


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