My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is a storyteller. I’ve always enjoyed her books – great summer reading. Dynamic characters, just enough conflict and tension, and entertaining stories.
My Sister’s Keeper is no different. When unable to find a suitable marrow donor for their daughter’s ravaging leukemia, the Fitzgeralds decide to have another child. Anna comes into the world with a noble purpose set upon her shoulders – to save her sister. The book reveals the heartbreak and moral dilemmas any family with cancer has to sort through. It builds family bonds that are sometimes unbreakable, and other times seemingly fragile. No one anticipates what will happen when Anna seeks medical emancipation to allow her to make decisions about if and when she will be a donor.
If you’re looking for a great story, this is sure not to disappoint. It has the added benefit of throwing in some medical ethics, with both sides of the debate equally well represented. It’ll make you wonder what you would do given such impossible choices.