Beachcombings: More Short Stories
This slender collection of short stories explores the world of academic surgery introduced in my first book, and introduces some new characters. Like a child sorting through the shells she picked up on a beach, I've put these stories in a kind of order. The collection begins with a prose poem exploring the thoughts of a woman whose husband is undergoing open heart surgery. It progresses through pieces exploring relationships between surgeons and patients. One story deals with surgeon as patient. The middle of the collection is enlivened by a snarky male physicist whose wife hits the road while in the midst of a hormonal upset. A second prose poem, this one from the surgeon's point of view, concludes the volume.