Dirty Work: A Novel

Hardcover | August 12, 2014

byGabriel Weston

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An informed and arresting debut novel about a young surgeon in crisis, by a writer whose "exactitude of expression is rare and uncanny." (Rachel Cusk)

Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose botched surgery has put a patient in a life-threatening coma, must face a medical tribunal to determine if she can continue to practice medicine. Nancy's fears about both her patient's chances for survival and whether she will be "undoctored" are made palpable to the reader. Throughout four weeks of intense questioning and accusations, this physician directly confronts for the first time her work as an abortion provider--how it helps the lives of others but takes a heavy toll on her own.

Interweaving memories of Nancy's English and American childhood and adolescence,Dirty Workcreates an emotionally charged portrait of one woman's life; the telling of seemingly untellable stories sets her free, as it can all women. Gabriel Weston has given us a truly original, courageous, and meaningful novel.


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An informed and arresting debut novel about a young surgeon in crisis, by a writer whose "exactitude of expression is rare and uncanny." (Rachel Cusk)Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose botched surgery has put a patient in a life-threatening coma, must face a medical tribunal to determine if she can continue to practice m...

Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose, and throat surgical specialist. Her memoir,Direct Red: A Surgeon's View of Her Life-or-Death Profession, was named a Best Book of the Year in 2009 byThe EconomistandThe Telegraph, long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, and received the PEN/Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. She lives in London wit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316235628

ISBN - 13:9780316235624

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"A medical and moral tour de force."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)