My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Where was I when this book came out three years ago? Probably digging my way back out of PPD and unpacking. Well I finally caught up to it and it was worth the read.
The book is based on a young girl named Anna who is asking for medical emancipation from her parents. Her sister has a rare form of leukemia and Anna has donated stem cells , bone marrow, and lymphocytes since she was very young. In fact her birth was orchestrated to provide the cord blood for her sister. Now her sister needs a kidney…
The story is told from every participants view and while that could have gotten messy Picoult handled it with relative ease and even went so far as to change fonts with the changing voices. A nice touch that eases the leap from character to character. Picoult’s players are easy to form relationships with and understand. It is not hard to put one’s self in their shoes. In fact that becomes an issue—who will you side with?
The book addresses questions of morality and justice. Medical advancements and technologies are examined. The fine line balance of just day to day living in the middle of a crisis is tangible.
It took me all of two evenings, interruptions for snacks and suppers and baths included, to finish the book. It is not a hard read but it is challenging emotionally and ethically.
Worth the read.
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