The Six-liter Club

The Six-liter Club

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Camille Weller has arrived as the first African-American attending in the trauma service of the Medical College of Virginia. Never mind that the locker rooms are labeled "doctors" and "nurses" rather than "men" and "women" or that her dark skin communicates "incapable" to many of her white male colleagues in the OR. Camille has battled prejudices her entire career, but those battles were small spats compared to what she faces now.

When a colleague discovers a lump in her breast, she believes Dr. Camille Weller is the best doctor for her. Together, they decide on a course of treatment that bucks the established medical system, keeping Camille firmly in the crosshairs of male surgeons already riddled with skepticism and suspicion.

Her success as a surgeon is jeopardized further when dark whispers from her childhood in Africa plague Camille's thoughts. Bewildering panic attacks instill fear in a surgeon bent on maintaining the control, pace, and direction of her own life. Unable to shake the flashes of memory, Camille is forced to face a past she has not acknowledged since the death of her father on an African mission field. Who was he? Who was she? And why would either of those answers affect her present?
Publisher: New York, NY : Howard Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781416577973
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kraus
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 6 liter club : a novel


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked how the story flipped between the now and 20 years earlier. It was also really cool to see how so many people influenced Dr. Weller and how her character changed from the beginning to the end of the story. I would definitely like to read a follow-up to this book.

HonorBound Mar 06, 2011

I had really enjoyed the other Harry Lee Kraus books I had just finished so was looking forward to this one. I could not get much past the first 100 pages or so. It was more about the black female doctor's struggle to make it in a white male doctor's world than I wanted to read about. Sadly, one of the few books I did not feel obligated to finish.


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