From the publisher:
Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life.
Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she’s ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the “perfect Indian daughter” have her questioning her future as a doctor.
Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He’s everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attending physicians, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with his patients. And as he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing.
But when a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means putting herself at risk?
The publisher had me at Grey’s Anatomy, one of my favorite shows. This book was a great substitute for me since there aren’t any new episodes. If you like medical dramas, and to be honest, I don’t usually, but the personalities, the humor, and the romance of Grey’s really drew me in so that I put up with the medical stuff that I know some people love. I am squeamish so it is way easier for me to read about medical stuff than have to watch it.
The main character, Norah, lost her father who was a well-known physician, and she is determined to follow in his footsteps. On the other hand, her mother wants her to marry a nice Indian boy and pop out a few grandchildren. Norah has spent years with her head buried in books, studying to achieve her goals, and she is not about to throw that away no matter what her mother wants. She is a good Indian daughter though; has never had a drink or a date to speak of.
Her internship at Philadelphia General Hospital is her dream job, but it soon turns into a nightmare when a patient dies. Norah realizes she knows the truth about what happened, but she is being asked to cover it up and protect the residents and the hospital.
Lots of drama but also some comic relief, I’m happy to say. This was a very enjoyable read, especially for a debut novel! I am looking forward to more from this talented author.
THE WHITE COAT DIARIES by Madi Sinha. Berkley (September 15, 2020). ISBN 978-0062854384. 336 pages.