Review of “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

My Sister’s Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

Washington Square Press; Mti edition, 2004. ISBN 978-1-439-15738-1.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg
Posted on 07/07/2009

Fiction: Mainstream

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My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, is a heart-rending family saga. The story revolves around a moral dilemma: is it ethical to conceive one child for the sole purpose of saving another? Gravely ill, Kate was a toddler when she was diagnosed with a progressive form of leukemia. In a last ditch effort to save their beloved child, Sara and Brian Fitzgerald conceive a biologically engineered daughter for her umbilical cord, tissues, blood, and ultimately an organ. Anna literally becomes her sister’s keeper for as long as she’s alive. When it comes to donating her kidney to her dying sister, Anna seeks legal representation for the freedom to make her own medical decisions. Anna’s courage holds the family together while at the same time tearing them apart.

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