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The medical intrigue is especially deftly handled. Coles has an excellent touch for giving us an insider’s view of hospital politics and of the controversies around surgical procedures for obese patients, without bogging us down in details that would be difficult for non-specialists to follow. The portrait of a world where surgeons’ egos, hospital finances, and the well-being and safety of patients jostle for primacy is well-crafted indeed, creating a gripping backdrop for the personal dramas. The distinctively New Orleans setting, meanwhile, adds specific color, from the high society world of the Othersons to Mike’s Cajun fortune-telling mother. One of Coles’s strengths is his ability to shape these worlds believably, taking us behind doors that, depending on our own backgrounds, might normally be closed to us.
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