Author Jodi Picoult is a favorite of mine and I have just completed her eleventh book "My Sister’s Keeper." I tend, because of time constraints, to read the last few hours before falling asleep. This book was so compelling that for a few nights I got very little sleep—and when I did—my dream fragments were peppered with unresolved issues of when I was a kid. I cannot recommend this book enough, but be prepared to develop a special relationship with each of the characters—so much so, that you weep, laugh and simply swallow hard in recognition of traits in each that you know to be your own. I am such a voracious reader, I don't always remember what I read until someone triggers me with a comment. This book is one I will never, ever forget.
The Review of Books says of "Keeper," Anna Fitzgerald was conceived and born so that she could provide genetically compatible body fluids and parts for her older sister, Kate, who suffers from leukemia. When Kate is 16 and Anna is 13, Kate needs a kidney transplant and Anna balks at giving up one of hers. She hires a lawyer to petition for medical emancipation from her parents, so that she alone can make decisions about her body. It's a decision that threatens to tear the family apart, from her mother who gave up a law practice to be a stay-at-home mom, an older brother who feels left out, and her father who wavers between choosing sides. Jodi Picoult's novel examines the inner workings of a family struggling to find love, and life, within all their relationships.
At her website, Jodi says of "Keeper," Today's political and scientific battles over cloning and DNA and gene replacement therapy led me to think about some of what the future might hold, on a personal level, for people -- and thus the story of Anna and Kate was born. In a way, I think of this book as Sophie's Choice for the new millennium. If you use one of your children to save the life of another, are you being a good mother... or a very bad one?
I will definitely recommend this book to my book club--and to you, but you have to be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of emotions as you read.