Handle with Care

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Allen & Unwin, Apr 1, 2009 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Willow O'Keefe is born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, which means she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, and a lifetime of pain. As the family struggles to cover medical expenses, her mother Charlotte decides to file a wrongful birth lawsuit against her obstetrician for the compensation which might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow.

But it means that Charlotte has to say in a court of law that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she'd known about the disability in advance. And the obstetrician she's suing isn't just her physician - she's her best friend.

Handle with Care is an absorbing narrative which also questions the basis of medical ethics and of personal morality. What rights do parents or doctors have to terminate a life? How disabled is too disabled? As a parent, how far would you go to save someone you love?

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User Review  - ItEntertainsMe - LibraryThing

Truthfully, I didn't actually finish this one. As usual, Picoult's research and detail on the medical topic is amazing, but when it switched to Willow's perspective and I saw how it was going to end ... Read full review

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User Review  - MinaIsham - LibraryThing

-- For yrs. I eschewed Picoult's novels in libraries because jacket summaries didn't appeal to me. Then I found HANDLE WITH CARE in box near sidewalk. It's a novel but osteogenesis imperfecta (aka ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of fifteen novels. She grew up in Long Island and then studied creative writing at Princeton. Following her graduation she had a series of jobs including as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher - before entering Harvard to pursue a master's in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale. Jodi and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with a dog, a rabbit, two Jersey calves, and the occasional Holstein.

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