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Finally found the PERFECT BOOK! Stunning! Powerful! Brilliant author!

  • Nov 18, 2006
The brilliant author/writer/wordmaster Pat Conroy has always been my favorite all-time author. I love his style, his way with words, his storylines, dialogue, description, and masterful similes. Another Conroy fan once e-mailed me, asking if I knew anyone else who wrote as well as Conroy. Well, I did a search and asked some of Amazon's top reviewers and they admitted they couldn't find anyone comparable in style, etc.

Well, now I have found Jodi Picoult and I think she's in the same league with Conroy. Her style is decidedly different, but just as brilliant. MY SISTER'S KEEPER is a real page-turner and frighteningly thought-provoking.

For details of why this book is so great, please read Eileen Rieback's great review posted here. She hits the high-points of the book much better than I ever could; all I know is that in author Jodi Picoult I have FINALLY found the PERFECT BOOK, comparable in brilliance to Pat Conroy. I especially admired pages 308 through 322 where one of the Fitzgerald teen-agers enjoys her first boyfriend, her first "prom." Picoult certainly understands teen-age angst. If this chapter doesn't move you from the heights of joy to utmost sadness, nothing will.

Even in the midst of a long-awaited vacation I found my eyes glued to the pages of this book, abandoning many of the recreational plans I had made ... even abandoning work on my fourth and fifth novels. Even as much as I hated for Picoult's amazing story to end, and the Fitzgeralds' family trauma to be resolved, I'm pleased to get back to my own writing ... and my personal vacation pursuits.

I have many author friends who have come out with potential best-sellers recently, but this book is undoubtedly the very best I have read since Pat Conroy's BEACH MUSIC. It's a sure-fire winner with believable characters in a very timely, controversial situation that has been well-researched by Picoult, brilliantly and powerfully written.

The NEW YORK TIMES wrote following her debut novel, SONGS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE (twelve books ago): "Picoult spreads her wings and catches an updraft." To that I add: With this novel (her thirteenth) she now soars with the eagles. ... On second thought, make that angels!

WOW! Wish I could write like her ... which is the same thing I've always said about Pat Conroy. Now I have two favorites to aspire to.

Next I plan to read another of Picoult's books, THE TENTH CIRCLE, but NOT on THIS vacation.

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review by . July 19, 2010
My First Picoult Read - Probably Not the Last
This was the first Jodi Picoult book I've read, for no better reason than that I perceived her more as a Doubleday author (read: pot-boilers) rather than a Quality Paperback Book Club author (read: critical acclaim).  And I'm pretty sure I've been missing out.      This was a great book, one I read after a friend recommended it and I became intrigued by the moral quandary presented by the plot: to save one child, is it fair for a parent to authorize the taking …
review by . June 15, 2010
   My Sister's Keeper is truly a well written novel with a very surprise ending.  It is another case where the movie simply does not do the book justice.  The complexity of the human psyche and the lengths that a person will go to to preserve their own sense of self is very evident in this page turning novel.  Picoult perfectly describes with great detail the variety of emotions that a person goes through when they do not feel in control of their own lives.  This …
review by . June 10, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?      My heart went out to both the family and the little girl. I could see things from both their perspectives. I was touched by the courage of the little girl and her sister and I felt very sorry for the family having to deal with losing their child to cancer. Who would you recommend this reading to and why?      I would recommend this book to anyone with a warm heart and losts of empathy. It was a very …
review by . June 27, 2010
Jodi Picoult has been the best seller of 16 novels including My Sisters Keeper. The fact that this book is another one of her best sellers doesn’t come to any surprise to me after having read it. It was a fantastic book that tugs at every one of your heart strings as it moves from character to character. Maybe I’m a sucker for love, but the parts that I looked forward to most in the book were the ones that dealt with Campbell and Julia. I absolutely loved how Jodi Picoult had the main …
review by . January 23, 2010
Kate Fitzgerald is barely beyond infancy when she is diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a rare and particularly robust and aggressive form of leukemia. The prognosis is bleak indeed and recovery is rarer than the cancer itself. When Kate's parents are faced with the urgent necessity to find a blood donor that is not just a match, but a perfect match, they set out to create a genetically matched sibling who will provide a perfectly matched, life-saving, blood-filled umbilicus upon …
review by . June 18, 2010
Very complex story of a family that is fighting for their oldest daughter.  On one hand, you have the moral question of what should you do to save a loved one, how far would you go?  On another hand, there is an ethical question.  How far can you go with certain procedures? Deep within the story, you find many twists and heartbreaking moments.  It makes you cherish life even more after reading this book. 
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Interesting speculative fiction! This 50 character minimum is a bad idea.
Quick Tip by . July 28, 2010
"My Sister's Keeper" addresses issues in a non-judgmental fashion from a wide variety of perspectives without attempting to take sides or present pat answers that simply don't exist. It touches on genetic engineering; the insane demands made upon a parent's time and energy in dealing with children's illnesses; the extent to which children may act out for better or for worse in a demand for a parent's love and attention; the difficulty of determining whether a 13 year old minor is capable of making …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
What a touching and real family story. Good insight as to what really happens.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Ending was much more poignant than Hollywood left it!
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The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably ...
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ISBN-10: 0743454529
ISBN-13: 978-0743454520
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria

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