The storytelling in this novel is filled with an underlying tension that grabs the reader and doesn’t let go until the last page. I didn’t expect that from a novel about a doctor who is forced to return to work after her husband loses a fortune on a failed cancer drug. Because she never completed her residency, the only work Claire can get is at a struggling health care clinic that primarily treats migrant workers. I was expecting a good story, but I was surprised at how gripping it was. The author creates a subtle but undeniable drama around the marriage, parenthood, health care, and friendships that make up the story. It kept me on edge with anticipation. I also became emotionally involved with the characters and felt very much entrenched in their lives. Healer is a story about marriage and friendship, but it is also a book that shines a spotlight on the plight of illegal immigrants and the ethics of medicine. I appreciated that the author was able to tell such a compelling story while allowing the reader to draw his/her own conclusions about difficult subjects. I recommend this satisfying and engrossing read to anyone who enjoys stories of courage and hope in the midst of adversity.
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