Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 9. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

You may know of Jodi Picoult, even if you don’t think you do.  Her novel My Sister’s Keeper became a movie.  Jodi likes to tackle ethical issues in her books, and the stories are gripping.

In Handle With Care, Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe have their hands full with their daughter Willow, who was born with brittle bone disease.  This condition consumes their family life and finances, putting a strain on everyone.  Then Charlotte makes the decision to sue for wrongful birth, knowing that the settlement would ensure Willow’s future.  However, the implications of the suit, which essentially declares that Willow should never have been born, acts as a catalyst to implode their fragile family.

Jodi Picoult uses alternating voices as the narrators, which draws you deeper into the story as you get every point of view.  The story examines family, motherhood and disability, and is probably one you’ll have a hard time putting down.

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