My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 6, 2004 - Fiction - 423 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - longhorndaniel - LibraryThing

So I don't usually go in for this type of book but a friend recommended it to me so I took a chance. Was not disappointed; I laughed and cried and got really really pissed off at the end!! Excellent story with really lovable characters. Read full review

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User Review  - CindaMac - LibraryThing

This is not an easy, light read. The story is about Anna, a girl conceived as a bone marrow (etc.) match for her sister who is suffering from leukemia. A provocative, researched novel that deals with ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Monday
Anna
Campbell
Sara
Brian
Tuesday
Anna
Julia
Monday
Campbell
Anna
Sara
Jesse
Brian

Anna
Sara
Wednesday
Campbell
Anna
Jesse
Sara
Julia
Campbell
Anna
Thursday
Brian
Julia
Sara
Anna
Campbell
Jesse
Brian
Friday
Campbell
Brian
Sara
The Weekend
Jesse
Anna
Brian
Sara
Campbell
Tuesday
Campbell
Sara
Wednesday
Julia
Campbell
Julia
Campbell
Anna
Brian
Campbell
Anna
Sara
Thursday
Campbell
Jesse
Anna
Brian
Sara
Campbell
Anna
Brian
Sara
Epilogue
Kate
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About the author (2004)

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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