Stock Image

The Good Doctor

Mates, Susan Onthank

4 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0877454671 / ISBN 13: 9780877454670
Published by Iowa State College Press, 1994
New Condition: New Hardcover

AbeBooks Seller Since November 12, 1999

Quantity Available: 1

Buy New
List Price: US$ 11.50
Price: US$ 45.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.50 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

New/VF dj Library of Congress copy / collectable! s.152. Bookseller Inventory # 001780

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Good Doctor

Publisher: Iowa State College Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title


Many of Mates' characters have experienced some sort of cultural dislocation. In "Theng", refugees from Cambodia living in Providence, Rhode Island, struggle to maintain their dignity in the face of despair and the bittersweet memories of their former home. In "Shambalileh," a Persian woman unable to have children with her American husband, is forced to reexamine her status both as wife and as foreigner. Unifying these incredibly diverse stories is the brave honesty with which the characters confront the tenuousness of their situations. For the most part, they share the tenacity of the woman in "Shambalileh," who "with great caution ... began to imagine the rest of her life."
The central characters in several stories are doctors, whose candid explorations of the vast moral implications of medical practice make of their lives a sort of psychic battleground between good and evil. In "The Good Doctor", a doctor torn between her dedication to medicine and her own requirements as a human being - what many of us might call her weaknesses - arrives at an intriguing conclusion. An intern in "Ambulance" risks her own well-being to save the life of a victim of gang violence.
The twelve stories in this collection are powerful and durable. The debate between good and evil is so intense that the daily experiences of Mates; characters, transformed and reorganized, become psychic quests. Mates takes us back to the fundamental question that is the fountainhead of all serious fiction: how should we live?

From Publishers Weekly:

At the heart of this debut story collection, winner of the 1994 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, are men and women, many of them medical workers, struggling to be good parents, honorable workers and virtuous people. In "Ambulance," a medical student is awakened to the frailty of life when she unexpectedly must escort a dying patient on a harrowing ambulance ride through the Bronx. In "Sleep," a doctor and his wife practice tough love in order to treat their four-year-old daughter's insomnia. In the title story, a woman who once ran a clinic in Tanzania finds her new position at a Bronx hospital to be an even tougher moral battleground. And in "These Days," the most poignant tale of the 12 presented here, an elderly doctor of infectious diseases confronts the age of AIDS. At times, Mates etches events only slightly or hatches contrived endings, and her writing can suffer from faux-Kerouac excess ("I was the American girl righteousness rolled off me a mighty stream I rose from my desk Peter Pan Collar angel wings...."), but the yearning of nearly all her characters to do the right thing gives the collection an appeal that makes it a kind of experimental complement to that current powerhouse of mainstream morality, William Bennett's The Book of Virtues.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

New, Used and Rare; General and Religious; Western and Regional (Oregon, Montana, Northwest) Downtown storefront; Walk-ins, mail-order; large inventory in historic Florence and Gardiner, Oregon. Store owner, ELLEN TRAYLOR, is a bestselling author of Biblical novels; She is happy to provide signed copies for collectors. Port Hole Publishing is a full service publishing house. Let Us Publish Your Book! Visit our homepage at; also visit our publishing site:; Port Hole Publications publishes family-friendly books of all genres; Let Us Publish Your Book! Please visit ELLEN TRAYLOR's homepage at

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Cash, check, money order; Visa/Mastercard/Novus/Discover; shipping may be higher
for oversized books. USA returns must be postmarked within 14 days of our shipping
date, and will be accepted only if book does not meet description. Overseas
returns accepted only if book does not meet description (please contact us before
shipping). All returns must be in same condition as received.

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal