Saturday, May 9, 2009

Handle with Care ~ Jodi Picoult

Courtesy of Jodi Picoult's website:

When Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated – she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say in public that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she’d known about the disability in advance – words that her husband can’t abide, that Willow will hear, and that Charlotte cannot reconcile. And the ob/gyn she’s suing isn’t just her physician – it’s her best friend.

Tissues... check! Cucumber the fridge! Chocolate... ya better believe it! Pure Cashmere Throw Blanket ~ Natural 3 Ply....check! Hot Cocoa...oh, yeah! Chocolate...

Jodi Picoult’s latest, Handle With Care, is the ideal escape~ a riveting page~turner of a novel, but you must have chocolate & tissues handy.The book is written as a series of chapters directed to Willow as an explanation to her of why certain behaviors were exhibited by the person speaking, although occasionally explanations are directed to the reader instead. Sound a bit confusing? Actually it is a skillful way to impart the story & have it not be run-of-the-mill in a powerfully inconceivable situation.Until you become accustomed to the flow, you may become distracted by some awkward sentence construction. Once you are in the groove, you will see how this advances the plot.Picoult introduces us to unforgettable characters & her ornate dialogue only enriches this heart-wrenching drama.Picoult's 16th novel, Handle With Care, is a must for Picoult fans & will definitely garner even more to the gifted sphere that is Jodi Picoult.
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