I’m currently reading, or trying to read, Abraham Verghese’s novel Cutting for Stone. This is the third time I’ve tried this book; I must be the only person with an Amazon account who is not a fan.
My issue, I think, is that none of the characters stands out. They all speak with the same voice, and that voice is Verghese. The writing itself is beautiful in places, especially the descriptions of Ethiopia, and the medical segments are the strongest. It’s not a bad book, just not, in my opinion, a great one.
I’m writing a little more myself these days. Mostly little things, but I’m trying to whip my novel into shape. It’s remarkable how much cleaning happens when there’s a book to write.