It is not often that I read an exceptional novel and a work of non-fiction by the same author.
Authors, like many other professionals, specialize. Biographers write about the great ones, mystery writers about crime, and women writers explore so called “chick” issues. The market tends to reward specialists, and whoa be to the author who strays from her specialty.
But not all authors are Abraham Verghese, MD. Both of his books, My Own Country about his experiences as a doctor in East TN, and Cutting for Stone a fiction account of two brothers in politically unstable Ethiopia are intriguing and best sellers.
You may be more familiar with Cutting for Stone, which was named to many “best” book lists and is a popular book club selection. But My Own Country published over a decade earlier is wonderful as well. I highly recommend both.