This "brilliant, engaging, cleverly manipulated piece of fiction" ("San Francisco Chronicle"), written by the author of "Le Divorce", captures the moral dilemmas and life-and-death decisions that are the foundation of hospital life, portraying the continuous clashes of motive and sensibility that create the ongoing comedy of medical manners.
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Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genresessay, biography,and fictionshe isthe author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a 1997 National Book Award finalist, as well as twelve other books, including the novels Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning (all available in Plume editions). She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris.From Library Journal:
Professor, literary critic, and author of a highly acclaimed biography of Dashiell Hammett, Johnson sets her latest novel in San Francisco at the fictional Alta Buena Hospital, focusing as she has before on the lives of the privileged. Her tale of relations among Dr. Philip Watts (handsome senior physician), Ivy Tarro (beautiful patient), and Mimi Franklin (dedicated volunteer) is, except for a few explicit phrases, a romance novel: breathless and girlish in tone, too dependent on implausible plot developments, regrettably prone to ethnic and sexual stereotyping, filled with predictable female fantasies. Not Johnson's best work by a long shot, but simple and pleasant reading. Recommended for comprehensive collections of popular fiction.
- Molly McCluer, Piedmont, Cal.
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