In The Six Liter Club by Harry Kraus, Camille Weller is a brilliant African-American female physician who starts her career in trauma surgery in the Medical College of Virginia in 1984. The first day on the job, she saves the life of a young boy after he loses six liters of blood and she is allowed to enter the Six-Liter Club. The locker rooms are labeled "doctors" and "nurses" and she realizes that she has to face racism, and the stereotype of a being a woman doctor. She is faced with flashbacks of her childhood and her father in the Congo during 1964 and tries to figure out what the flashbacks mean. When a colleague, Tina, discovers a lump in her breast, she believes that Dr. Weller is the best doctor for her. When Camille performs a controversial surgery on Tina, she is faced with scrutiny by the other male surgeons. Throughout the book, she has nightmares about her past. She has difficulty with intimacy and she is afraid that that her problems will affect her job. Who was her father? And why is she having the nightmares? I guess you have to read the book to find out.
About the Author-
Harry Kraus has brought surgical skill to medical missions on four continents. Most recently, he returned to Somalia for a short stay. His family (wife, Kris, and three sons) is contemplating a return to Kenya for three years. He could stay in Virginia, building his surgical practice, storing wealth and acquiring house after house, car after car - but that isn't where Harry's heart lies.
Harry Kraus watched the Twin Towers fall on 9/11. He was at Ground Zero providing medical services to those who managed to escape the falling buildings. He saw firsthand the result of human relationships that lack love for fellow man. He determined to spend his life pouring love into human hearts. In Africa, he is often asked by Muslim patients why he would come halfway around the world to take care of them for no pay. Harry smiles. He tells them about the unconditional love He received from a Savior
The book was fantastic; I feel that it was one of the best books that I read this year. The novel was well written, a page turner and all the characters were described fully. I did not expect the book to end the way that it did but it was a great ending. I have never read any of the author's other books but I bet they are just as good. So go out and pick up a copy of this great book. You will not regret it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Rebeca Seitz (Glass Road Public Relations) for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.