As a Seattle anesthesiologist and nationally bestselling author, Carol Cassella is not only aware of the scientific intricacies of the human body, but more importantly, understands the emotional complexities patients and doctors face when entering an operating room. This intimate and professional perspective is reflected in her exquisite and critically acclaimed debut, Oxygen, which is now available in paperback with a readers group guide. A student of David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, and a former contributing medical writer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Fund, Cassella has vast and diverse experience. The range of Cassella's writing coupled with her knowledge as a doctor puts a unique stamp on her fiction.
About the book:
Dr. Marie Heaton is at the top of her anesthesiology career. Bustling from one surgery room to the next, Marie takes pride in her expert ability to safely move patients in and out of consciousness, and get them through difficult medical procedures with safety and comfort. However, when Marie is called into a routine surgery for a young girl, she never expects the surgery will take a turn for the worse and that a child will die on the operating room table. Quickly Marie is launched into a tangled and nightmarish malpractice suit that is accompanied by her own guilt and constant questioning of her medical abilities.