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Bainbridge author's first book 'Oxygen' out July 1

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The patient is prepped for surgery, laying horizontal on the operating table, staring up into a pinpointed vastness of bright light.

The anesthesiologist readies the syringe and flushes the drug into the IV. She watches the patient’s face and posture slacken as they drift out of consciousness, and everything fades to black ... .

It’s an intimate moment, says Dr. Marie Heaton, a moment of transferred power.

But what if the patient doesn’t wake up?

Heaton’s an anesthesiologist in Bainbridge authoress Carol Cassella’s debut novel, “Oxygen,” in bookstores July 1.

Heaton’s at the top of her profession when an 8-year-old patient dies under the knife and she is left staggered in the aftermath and ensuing malpractice suit. Sounds like a real downer on the surface, but its actually rather insightful.

The real hook, Publisher’s Weekly says, is Cassella’s in depth knowledge of the complex inner workings of the health industry. She’s spent 25 years in the medical field, currently an anesthesiologist/freelance medical writer in Seattle.

What’s more, she’s the mother of two sets of twins born 15 months apart.

And she writes novels.

Check out a full story on Cassella in the Bainbridge Review today. She’ll be reading from her debut novel “Oxygen” at 3 p.m. June 29 at Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E on Bainbridge. The next day at 7:30 p.m., she’ll be reading at Elliot Bay in Seattle. Info:, or call the Bainbridge bookstore at (206) 842-5332.

West Sound Reads event features bestselling author

Andre Dubus III, June 27 at the Island Center Hall.

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