Gemini by Carol Cassella

Gemini, by Carol Cassella, is an engaging story that focuses around an ethical dilemma in a Seattle Intensive Care Unit.
An unidentified woman has been brought from the scene of a hit and run
accident to a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. There, something
goes terribly amiss in surgery and Jane Doe never regains consciousness. She is air-lifted to the ICU and becomes the patient of Dr. Charlotte Reese.

this point, the reader is introduced to a parallel story - that of
twelve year old Raney and Bo - the boy she befriends. Raney comes from a
poor, rural family. Knowing nothing about her father and abandoned by
her mother, Raney now lives with her widower grandfather. She is a
fearless girl who escapes the harsh realities of her life by painting
the beautiful, natural world around her.

contrast, Bo comes from a wealthy albeit broken home. He is described as
a waif-like, sickly boy whose attraction to the independent Raney is
strong and immediate. Rainey comes to love him with equal intensity - a
love that lasts through her twenties and beyond.

Gradually, the reader learns the relationship between these seemingly unrelated stories.

uses the genre of medical mystery to explore issues of class, genetics,
family, and choice. Her characters - especially Raney - are
drawn with depth and compassion. As a practicing anesthesiologist, the
author shares some of the life and death issues that may confront a
hospital physician.  Moreover, she allows her readers to see both the doctor's and the patient's point-of-view.

Cassella gives a realistic portrayal of the lack of choices faced by
the working poor. What happens when family health issues bring personal
ambitions for education to a stand-still? And how do individuals deal
with life when forces beyond their control intervene?

explores these and many questions in a story about love, medical ethics
and personal responsibility - all packaged into a well-written

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