Heart Specialist

Pages: 236
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Heart Specialist

Claire Holden Rothman

A richly woven story of a young woman's fight for recognition in a world on the brink of change
9781851687947 (9 Mar 2011)
RRP £8.99

The Book

An incredible story of perseverance and passion, The Heart Specialist sets the young, headstrong Agnes White against the prejudice and arrogance of the medical establishment in a battle that will eventually grant her the right to save lives as a practising doctor. Set against the upheaval and social strictures of the early 1900s and based on true events, this unforgettable novel is a testament to the spirit, intelligence, and determination we summon when people stand in the way of our dreams.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 236
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Claire Holden Rothman has worked as a lawyer, teacher, newspaper columnist, and translator in her native Montreal. The Heart Specialist is her first novel.


“Stories such as The Heart Specialist remind us how far we have come... [Dr. Maude Abbott’s] career remains inspiring for me as it has for many.”

- UHN Reads

"I can pay a book no higher compliment than to say I didn’t want it to end. With The Heart Specialist, I rationed my reading, permitting myself only a few chapters at a sitting so as to savour the writing and the story."

- The Montreal Gazette

"The Heart Specialist offers something for nearly everyone. Montrealers will delight in the atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Montreal, which is a palpable presence throughout the book. Yet others will be drawn to the depiction of a pioneering woman’s struggle. Mystery lovers will revel in the slowly unveiled secrets, and romantics will discover at least a little of the stuff of dreams. Some will find the best thing of all: a book we look forward to turning the pages of, remembering where we last left off."

- Montreal Review of Books

"The Heart Specialist is a fascinating novel that conveys both a sense of history and of the timelessness of human emotions. That Rothman also demonstrates the damage that prejudice can do, and the power of the human spirit in overcoming it, is simply an added bonus."

- The Quill & Quire

"The novel is ably researched and written, with never an ungraceful sentence."

- The Globe and Mail

"Rothman has done a wonderful job of weaving historical facts with literary convention to create a compelling novel."

- Ottawa (X)press, Hour

“Rothman is sensitive to atmosphere, conversation and female sentiment, evoking Jane Austen or the Brontës. …”

- Literary Review of Canada