Gifts of the Heart Kindle Edition
|Length: 144 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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- File Size : 293 KB
- Print Length : 144 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : July 25, 2013
- Publisher : eBookIt.com (July 25, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00E6EGCCG
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,198,012 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Except out in Afghanistan's 120-degree heat, nobody wears the dress whites made popular by an "Officer and a Gentlemen," and the surgeries are not the elegant heart and lung transplant operations to which Dr. Afram has become accustomed. These are "hamburger" surgeries, where patients have been maimed by explosions; the surgical team has an hour to patch them up; and still-warm blood donations are nabbed from soldiers on the base.
Tetteh's novel is warm and thoughtful, and takes its time. The story begins more than a decade before Dr. Afram is born, when his beautiful mother and her cousin come to America from Sierra Leone, scare up domestic work, and dodge landlords when they can't make the rent. His father is a charmer who's attracted to Afram's mother as much for her green card as for her looks. But both are committed to their son. When Afram's father dies of a heart attack at a young age, he determines that he will be a heart surgeon.
As fate would have it, he not only becomes a surgeon and Naval commander, but also falls into harm's way and finds that he himself needs saving.
I was impressed to learn that the author is even more accomplished than his character. He's a physician; educator; heart and lung transplant surgeon; an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of government; and an MBA from Johns Hopkins' Carey School of Business. He's also a husband and father of two, which makes him incredibly busy, but apparently not too busy to write a compelling first novel. I'm now working with him to spread the about the book and to achieve his goal to "touch one million hearts."
--Pamela K. Johnson