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My Sister's Keeper

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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister — and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

Review:

"Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Picoult's timely and compelling novel will appeal to anyone who has thought about the morality of medical decision making and any parent who must balance the needs of different children. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"There can be no easy outcomes in a tale about individual autonomy clashing with a sibling's right to life, but Picoult thwarts our expectations in unexpected ways. Despite overplotting, then, a telling portrait of a profoundly stressed family." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story....Picoult's novel grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book." Booklist (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate—a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of nineteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

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Joannie Wright, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by Joannie Wright)

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
-A Never-Thought-I-Could and Never-Moving-On Book.

Do you have a reason to be here? You do but if you feel like don’t and believe it the real reasons will disappear “Because (when) it’s gone, so are you.” Anna Fitzgerald feels this way. Her sister Kate is dying and she was made to help her. “… Nearly every time Kate’s hospitalized, I wind up there, too.” As Anna goes through her court, hospitals, and tough times, she learns what it means to give and get. I believe this book could win awards and if the characters were real, they would win some, too. “See, unlike the rest of the free world, I didn’t get here by accident.” You start to feel things you have never felt before, but in a comfortable way. This book provides the experience of a life time and I loved it in every way; from beginning to end and every part in between. “‘What’s a four-letter word for vessel?’ she asks… ‘Anna,” I murmur. My mother turns. ‘What?’ ‘A four-letter word for vessel,’ I say, and I walk out of Kate’s room.” I praise Mrs. Picoult: Thanks.

Vessel: a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, esp. something nonmaterial
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chaseallen17, December 1, 2009 (view all comments by chaseallen17)
It's a very well written novel. Anna who is thirteen puts her foot done and tells her parents in a lawsuit that she is done helping her sister and doesn't want to anymore. i mean its just crazy to think you could genetically mutate stem cells to be a perfect match in every way for another sibling. Anna's mother was totally out of line, but what got me was kate at the very end. what she had told her parents was just crazy. Very, Very good book. i would recomend it to everyone.
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Jena, August 29, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
You know, I was really into this book until the end--I liked how there was no villain, there was no one you could really root for, because it was just a no-win situation no matter what. And even though I saw the ending coming, I really hoped I was wrong; it was the worst ending possible for the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743454537
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
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Domestic fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.20x5.38x1.18 in. .81 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743454537 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion."
"Review" by , "Picoult's timely and compelling novel will appeal to anyone who has thought about the morality of medical decision making and any parent who must balance the needs of different children. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "There can be no easy outcomes in a tale about individual autonomy clashing with a sibling's right to life, but Picoult thwarts our expectations in unexpected ways. Despite overplotting, then, a telling portrait of a profoundly stressed family."
"Review" by , "Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story....Picoult's novel grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate—a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

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