Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

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Now in paperback: Twelve interwoven stories follow four young and ambitious doctors as they move from the challenges of medical school to the intense world of emergency rooms, evacuation missions, and terrifying new viruses. They fall in love as they study for their exams, face moral dilemmas as they split open cadavers, confront police who rough up their patients, and treat schizophrenics with pathologies similar to their own. Winner of the prestigious Giller Prize, "Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures" marks the arrival of a deeply humane and preternaturally gifted writer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 135.64 x 199.64 x 28.45mm | 390.09g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1602860564
  • 9781602860568
  • 1,095,956

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With their scalpel-sharp prose and unflinching gaze, the stories in Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures introduce a powerful new voice in Canadian fiction.
In Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, Vincent Lam holds in delicate and skillful tension black humour, investigations of both common and extraordinary moral dilemmas, and a sometimes shockingly realistic and matter-of-fact portrait of today's medical profession.
He brings to vivid and convincing life the disparate but interdependent worlds of school and home, heartbreaking young love and life-altering fear in stories that introduce us to Fitz, Ming, Chen, and Sri, young medical school students and doctors in Toronto.
In "How To Get Into Medical School," the impulsive Fitz and the ultra-rational Ming explore the possibilities of a relationship that is tested, first by the vigilance of a disapproving family and then by the extraordinary commitment demanded of medical students. In "Take All of Murphy," three students face the challenge of their first dissection of a corpse -- and the unusual quandary of deciding whether following the anatomy textbook or keeping a tattoo intact is more important. And in "A Long Migration," perhaps the most lyrical of the stories, we see beyond Chen's immediate world into the past of his family, and in particular that of his grandfather. Once a high-living and flamboyant member of the Chinese expatriate community in Saigon before the Vietnam War, now Percival Chen is dying in a Brisbane retirement home, and his grandson's modern medical recommendations must make way for older potions that arrive for Percival from an older world.
Riveting and precise, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures lookswith rigorous honesty at the specificities of the lives of doctors and their patients and brings us to a deeper understanding of the challenges and temptations that surge around us all.
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures is an astonishing literary debut, a collection of mature and intricate stories connected through the relationships that develop among a group of young doctors as they move from the challenges of med school to the intense world of emergency rooms, evac missions, and terrifying new viruses.
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" [A] compelling first book of fiction. ... It adds up to a running start at a high-voltage literary career."
-- "Toronto Star"
" Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures radiates the confidence you expect from a man whose other job is to make stalled hearts start. The advantage of fiction? Here, even the medical failures come to life, vividly."
-- "The Globe and Mail"
" Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is a satisfying, engrossing read, partly because of the intrinsically fascinating subject matter, but also because of Lam's patient characterizations and understanding of the human heart."
-- "National Post
"" There's no information like inside information, and Lam puts his to good use ... [his] fiction strikes a balance between clinical and emotional detail. . . . [An] impressive first book, by all appearances."
-- "The Ottawa Citizen
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" Vincent Lam crafts sentences that veteran writers will covet. His fresh and stunning talent will satisfy all readers who hunger for powerful stories."
- Wayson Choy, author of All That Matters "From the Hardcover edition." " A compelling first book of fiction. ... It adds up to a running start at a high-voltage literary career."
--"Toronto Star"
"Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures radiates the confidence you expect from a man whose other job is to make stalled hearts start. The advantage of fiction? Here, even the medical failures come to life, vividly."
--"The Globe and Mail"
"Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is a satisfying, engrossing read, partly because of the intrinsically fascinating subject matter, but also because of Lam's patient characterizations and understanding of the human heart."
--"National Post
""There's no information like inside information, and Lam puts his to good use ... his fiction strikes a balance between clinical and emotional detail. . . . An impressive first book, by all appearances."
--"The Ottawa Citizen
"
"Vincent Lam crafts sentences that veteran writers will covet. His fresh and stunning talent will satisfy all readers who hunger for powerful stories."
-Wayson Choy, author of All That Matters "From the Hardcover edition." "[A] compelling first book of fiction. ... It adds up to a running start at a high-voltage literary career."
--"Toronto Star"
"Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures radiates the confidence you expect from a man whose other job is to make stalled hearts start. The advantage of fiction? Here, even the medical failures come to life, vividly."
--"The Globe and Mail"
"Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is a satisfying, engrossing read, partly because of the intrinsically fascinating subject matter, but also because of Lam's patient characterizations and understanding of the human heart."
--"National Post
""There's no information like inside information, and Lam puts his to good use ... [his] fiction strikes a balance between clinical and emotional detail. . . . [An] impressive first book, by all appearances."
--"The Ottawa Citizen
"
"Vincent Lam crafts sentences that veteran writers will covet. His fresh and stunning talent will satisfy all readers who hunger for powerful stories."
-Wayson Choy, author of All That Matters "From the Hardcover edition." "Vincent Lam crafts sentences that veteran writers will covet. His fresh and stunning talent will satisfy all readers who hunger for powerful stories."
-Wayson Choy, author of All That Matters "From the Hardcover edition." "Vincent Lam crafts sentences that veteran writers will covet. His fresh and stunning talent will satisfy all readers who hunger for powerful stories."
-Wayson Choy, author of All That Matters
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4 37% (3,250)
3 34% (2,937)
2 11% (991)
1 3% (243)
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