The Empathy Exams is a collection of medical stories – unusual topic. But I have read another collection of medical stories – Louise Aronson’s A History of the Present Illness.
Aronson’s short stories are all linked, as are the stories in the book I’m currently reading, Fishbowl by Bradley Somer.
Fishbowl hinges on the fate of a certain character – a fish named Ian. Another book featuring an animal as a critical character is the beautiful Red Dog by Louis De Bernières (really, if you haven’t read this book, stop everything and get yourself a copy).
Red Dog is set in outback Australia, as is Carrie Tiffany’s Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living.
An important element of the story in Everyman’s Rules is a train, as it is in my final link to Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy’s classic – a fairly grim note to finish on!