The Six-Liter Club: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Harry Kraus
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781416592624
ISBN-13: 9781416592624

Publisher's Description


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?

Author Bio

Best-selling author Harry Kraus, MD, is a board-certified surgeon whose contemporary fiction (beginning with 1994’s Stainless Steal Hearts and including his 2001 best-seller Could I Have This Dance?) is characterized by medical realism. He practices surgery in Virginia and formerly in Kenya where he served as a missionary surgeon. He's also the author of two works of nonfiction.

Publisher's Weekly

Surgeon and author Kraus offers his longtime fiction readers a highly charged tale of overcoming prejudice both racial and sexual. Set in 1984 at the Medical College of Virginia, its first black female trauma surgeon, Dr. Camille Weller, gets a fast initiation into the Six-Liter Club. Few physicians ever enter this “elite” group; entrance is gained by bringing a patient back who's lost six liters of blood. Weller manages to achieve this honor on her first day and then, in quick succession, also manages to break “house rules,” which divide the male and female staff. Weller has a lot to contend with apart from her duties as a surgeon. The young doctor must balance a romantic relationship with a resident; deftly overcome the barriers she encounters because of her skin color; and move beyond nightmarish memories of her childhood in the Congo. Kraus's story clips along at a fast pace, and his readers will appreciate how candidly the surgeon writer portrays the real world of operating rooms and their attending staffs. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read with a little humor
    May 24, 2012
    Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Six-Liter Club.
    I could not put this book down, it was so well written. I loved the characters and the healing from past terrors. I felt it was a great redemption story.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    not a very "Christian" novel
    July 29, 2011
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Six-Liter Club.
    There are so many problems with this novel I don't know where to start.

    First, the author is a man and the main character is a woman, Camille. Both are M.D.s and perhaps Kraus thinks that's enough. But it is not. At one point a secondary female character says, "A man cannot possibly understand what I'm going through." (89) Exactly. Kraus may think he understands women and how they act and what they think, but he has missed it by a mile.

    As an example, this book is way too sexy to be a "Christian" book and to be seen from the woman's viewpoint. The male's sex drive is much stronger than the woman's (I think) and Kraus must have projected his own desires onto Camille. At one point Camille touches sexual areas of herself, so to speak, in the shower. This scene was not necessary and totally outside what I would call Christian fiction.

    Camille is hesitant to have sex with her boyfriend, not because of morality but because of mental issues stemming from her childhood in Africa. Ultimately, Camille does not have sex with her boyfriend, not on moral reasons but because his "two timing" her is found out. Kraus missed a good opportunity to have Camille (at least) think about the moral nature of sex.

    And Christianity in the book? The only Christian seen throughout the book is the wife of an alcoholic wife-beater who sticks with him. She is portrayed as having the faith that her son, the patient of Camille's who lost six liters of blood, will live. But again, Kraus missed an opportunity to have her as a stronger Christian influence.

    At the end of the book, the last three pages, Camille has a spiritual turn around. It is almost as if Kraus remembered this was supposed to be a Christian book and added those last three pages. Upon finishing the book I had the same sensation as when I hear a testimony where someone spends twenty minutes graphically telling of their sinful life and then ends with, "Oh yeah, then I got saved." The end.

    I'm in a reading group that read this book and to a person, we would not recommend it. You cannot pass it on to a nonbeliever because there is nothing about the gospel in it. You wouldn't want to give it to a fellow Christian.

    There is nothing I can recommend about this book to the Christian reader.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2010
    Mary Umstead
    This review was written for The Six-Liter Club.
    As usual with his books, I was spellbound. Also, he doctored in a practice I use, so that makes it more special.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 30, 2010
    This review was written for The Six-Liter Club.
    One of the biggest selling points to Six Liter Club is that as a male author, he nails the female brain. Kraus gets into Weller's brain so well that I could thump page after page and nod in agreement, recognition or acclimation. He developed her charactor into a memorable role. As past meets present-one accentuated by heavy responsibility-Weller manages to deal with emotional aspects in her life almost as well as her professional one. The reader will admire the professional and relate to the baggage. In the end, there is a spiritual relevelation that will blow the readers mind. You can take it at face value, or dive in to multiple layers of meaning-it's up to you. In fact, it's obvious Kraus has written Six Liter Club with that in mind. The reader can take this book to the beach and finish it proclaiming it was a light read, or they can contemplate deeper meanings around many corners. I believe Kraus has stepped into a new league through Six Liter and I look for him to provide competition with some of the best mainstream authors in the business.
  5. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 20, 2010
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Six-Liter Club.
    Dr. Harry Kraus has written another great book! Not sure why Im surprised. Have loved each one! This is a story of the first Black-American woman ER trauma surgeon, Camille Weller, hired at the Medical College of Virginia in 1983. She had to prove herself in several waysthe first woman, let alone a black woman in an ER trauma setting, the home of male testosterone and egos; trying to be one of the guys to fit in; and having to toe the line of the upper male echelons rules of conduct, the latter of which she defied in her method of treating a female colleague.This isnt Dr. Krauss usual medical murder mysteries, but the intensity of Camilles panic attacks and how they rule her world threaten her job and romantic relationships as well. It wasnt as riveting as previous novels, yet there was plenty of interactive episodes in the ER trauma realm, violence, and well as personal issues to keep you interested. The personal female touch, written by a male author, was a great approach to a difficult emotional situation.Krauss use of flashbacks amidst the storyline was used succinctly to intrigue you, but doesnt give enough details to give away the plot. The interpersonal relationships were complex, given the situations taking placewhich had me concerned throughout most of the book. He ends with a well thought out and twisted ending! A great read!This was a book I borrowed from the library. Dr. Harry Kraus is one of my favorite authors in this genre, and his books keep me coming back for more. Ready for the next one!
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