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Sicily Coyne was just thirteen when her father was killed in a school fire that left her face disfigured. Twelve years later, a young surgeon, Eliza Cappadora, offers hope in the form of a revolutionary new surgery that may give Sicily back the grace and function she lost. Raised by a dynamic, tenacious aunt who taught her to lead a normal life, and engaged to a wonderful man who knew her long before the accident, Sicily rejects the offer: She knows who she is, and so do the people who love her. But when a secret surfaces that shatters Sicily’s carefully constructed world, she calls off the wedding and agrees to the radical procedure in order to begin a new life.
Her beauty restored virtually overnight, Sicily rushes toward life with open arms, seeking new experiences, adventures, and, most of all, love. But she soon discovers that her new face carries with it risks that no one could have imagined. Confronting a moral and medical crisis that quickly becomes a matter of life and death, Sicily is surrounded by experts and loving family, but the choice that will transform her future, for better or worse, is one she must make alone.
An intense and moving story of courage, consequence, and possibility, Second Nature showcases the acclaimed storyteller at her very best.
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By mendolynne on 06-03-12
Loved this book. Reading about a face transplant was totally fascinating. The characters, flawed and intriguing, riled and raptured you as most people do. Everyone grew and the ending was thoroughly satisfying, though of course, as with all fine books, you'd like to tag along for a bit longer.
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By Chris on 05-29-12
This book stayed with me a long time. Mitchard writes a compelling, moving story with characters that bring up emotions and empathy in me. Rebecca Lowman is excellent, as usual, in her narration. If you like stories that move you to tears, this is the book for you. I wish I hadn't heard it yet so I can hear it now.
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