Every Third Night is an eye-opening yet poignant novel set in a busy, dehumanizing, and unyielding New York City residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1984. It brings the the reader into the real world of medicine at a time of limited supervision and brutal duty hours through the vantage point of young physicians enduring stressful conflicts and volatile relationships.
Jimmy Zito seemingly has it all- strikingly handsome, brilliant clinical skills, and a talented teacher- but a troubled past and a rash of new demands leave him struggling to survive in his last month of training. He desperately tries to guide his fellow residents through their own personal traumas but is not as prepared to handle the pressure as others might think, especially considering the unchecked aberrant behavior of attending physicians, the highly emotional demands of Ob-Gyn, and the turmoil surrounding an ultra-needy girlfriend and stubborn father.
As the Jimmy and his colleagues grapple with the overwhelming friction of their circumstances, the intertwined subplots collide and come crashing down when a haunting mishap leaves the residency program reeling and Jimmy’s life forever transformed.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This novel was inspired my by own tumultuous experience in residency training and the inherent abuse that continues to pervade the hierarchy of medical education. It is a story that needed to be told to both the lay public to understand how the system abuses our brightest and our best as well to all physicians who had to endure such hardships.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters were created by some vague similarities with personalities I had encountered in the past. They were allowed to grow and flourish in different ways leading to the plot development and eventual harrowing finish.
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