Thursday, February 2, 2012


A library customer enthusiastically recommended the book Healer by Carol Cassella and it was definitely worth reading.

The Boehning family finds themselves in a financial crisis when biochemist Addison risks all they have on the development of a cancer drug. With their lives in shambles and virtually no possessions,
Claire drags her spoiled daughter to a rural town to try to carve out a new life while husband Addison stays behind trying to get his drug approval back on track. Without a residency complete, Claire finds that her previous medical training means little to employers. She takes a position in an under funded clinic, an experience that will teach her a lot about herself, life and medicine.

The book is about friendship, marriage and parenthood but also raises questions about the pharmaceutical industry, medical ethics and the plight of migrant workers and immigrants. The author’s medical expertise—she’s also a doctor—is evident in her story development, and also in the way the main character, Claire, interacts with the patients. Cassella writes beautifully and is excellent with dialog. I especially like how she raises questions but leaves the reader to ponder the answers.

While I disliked the teen character Jory for the entire book, and although I felt like the story held almost too many side stories, overall, I think reading Healer was time well spent. And it does have that extra twist at the end!

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