My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
At one point I was working and living in Bullhead City, Arizona and going home on the weekends to Vegas. (I’ve been told that people in Vegas don’t like the term ‘Vegas’ preferring the more formal Las Vegas. I lived their for 16 years and found that most people I knew who lived there called it Vegas. But that’s beside the point.) This was approximately a 90 minute trip depending on traffic and whether there were blinding dust storms or not and before Sirius Radio. Radio reception was spotty in the middle of the desert so I would borrow audio books from the Clark County, Nevada library in Laughlin, a gambling Mecca across the river from Bullhead. (Most people refer to it without adding the ‘City’ to it.) This is how I happened to come across My Sister’s Keeper and became a Picoult fan, though later that changed. But that’s another review.
I fell in love with Anna, and to a slightly lesser extent, Kate, her older sister. Oh, Kate is a very sick girl and Anna was conceived to a certain extent to try to save Kate by being her bone marrow transplant donor.
This book is filled with amazing characters beside Anna and Kate. You have Campbell Alexander, a lawyer who takes Anna’s case for emancipation but she has to work for his fee and Campbell has a secret of his own; Julia Romano is appointed by the court as guardian ad litem to Anna (read the book to find out more about that); you have Brian and Sara Fitzgerald, parents to Anna, Kate and also Jesse, the girl’s older brother.
There were many times when driving down the highway I had the sniffles and as the book reached it’s climax I cried outright. It was heart wrenching to put it mildly.
Picoult built realistic characters in fantastic situations, but situations that were realistic. Picoult weaves a story that could be found in the newspapers (or, well, as we are wont to do today, in online blogs and internet news feeds). It is this realism that makes Picout’s works so well worth reading.
"If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy." David Frum, Republican, January 18, 2018