The Heart Specialist

The Heart Specialist

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Agnes White is fascinated by the wrong things - microscopes, dissections, anatomy. A lonely orphan raised by her prim grandmother at the turn of the 20th century, Agnes is haunted by vague memories of her father, a renowned Montreal physician who disappeared after being accused of her sister's murder. Agnes is determined to follow in his footsteps as a doctor, even though medical schools are closed to women. Against the odds, she becomes a world-renowned specialist of the human heart. But the void caused by her father's disappearance means that she needs to fix her own.
Publisher: New York : Soho, c2011.
ISBN: 9781569479452
1569479453
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jul 19, 2011

Great piece of historical fiction and that fact that it's Canadian is an added bonus. A very enjoyable read.

Cdnbookworm Apr 20, 2011

I got this book back in the summer for a birthday gift and now wonder why I never picked it up earlier (I know, I was reading the library books I had to return first!). It is wonderful. Inspired by one of Canada's first woman doctors, Dr. Maude Abbott, and with each section introduced by a quote from her, it takes you completely into another world. We follow the life of Agnes White, from her childhood to after the first World War. Agnes exhibits her love of science at a young age and fights doggedly to become a medical doctor. She is helped along by her governess and mentor, who steps into her life just when she needs her the most. Agnes continuously longs for and emulates her father who walked out of her life when she was only five, and we see how this loss deeply affects her the rest of her life.
This amazing novel will be one of my top reads of the year.

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