Oxygen by Carol Cassella

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Dr. Marie Heaton is an anesthesiologist at the height of her profession. She has worked, lived, and breathed her career since medical school, and she now practices at a top Seattle hospital. Marie has carefully constructed and constricted her life according to empirical truths, to the science and art of medicine. But when her tried-and-true formula suddenly deserts her during a routine surgery, she must explain the nightmarish operating room disaster and face the resulting malpractice suit. Marie’s best friend, colleague, and former lover, Dr. Joe Hillary, becomes her closest confidante as she twists through depositions, accusations and a remorseful preoccupation with the mother of the patient in question. As she struggles to salvage her career and reputation, Marie must face hard truths about the path she’s chosen, the bridges she’s burned, and the colleagues and superiors she’s mistaken for friends.

As her carefully structured life begins to collapse, Marie confronts questions of love and betrayal, family bonds and the price of her own choices. Set against the natural splendor of Seattle, and inside the closed vaults of hospital operating rooms, Oxygen climaxes in a final twist that is as heartrending as it is redeeming.

GBC Review by Sofia S.


Hey GBC! This month I’m recommending a book called Oxygen by Carol Cassella. It is a more mature book than most of the other ones, due to the fact that it concerns the death of a child, lawsuits and other not-so-happy things. Anyway, the main charactor is an anesthesiologist (a type of doctor) who loves her work, and hasn’t made an error in her medical life. When a little girl suffers a complication during one of her surgeries, Dr. Marie Heaton is in shock. When the girl dies in surgery, Marie is sued. But she couldn’t find her mistake. I liked Oxygen because I feel it portrayed an accurate life of a doctor. It is an interesting book, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 13 years old, just because it is a little bit depressing…
Happy Reading!

Sofia

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