Dirty Work by Gabriel Weston

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5 Critic Reviews

While Weston’s ambitions for the book initially seem modest...she raises profound questions by the conclusion. A medical and moral tour de force.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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 Work creates 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.


 

About Gabriel Weston

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Gabriel Weston was born in 1970. She qualified as a doctor in 2000 and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2003. Her first book, Direct Red, was published in 2009. It was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. She lives in London and continues to practise as a part-time ENT surgeon.
 
Published August 12, 2014 by Little, Brown and Company. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dirty Work
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 03 2014

A cautionary professional coming-of-age tale which faces the moral quandary posed by abortion head-on.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 07 2014

While Weston’s ambitions for the book initially seem modest...she raises profound questions by the conclusion. A medical and moral tour de force.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Jun 29 2013

...Dirty Work certainly isn't for the faint-hearted, but it's a gripping read.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Cusk on Jun 28 2013

Its courageous and interesting author is that unusual thing, a contemporary moralist. This is a territory she is beginning to make her own.

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The Economist

Good
on Jun 15 2013

Few writers capture the mentality of surgery as incisively as Ms Weston has managed to. Her experiences in hospitals are palpable on the page.

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