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Book Club: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 2009-05-01 07:30:53

Buzz Book Club: My Sister's Keeper


Hi, Buzz Book Club readers! I'm excited to announce this month's selection, which may be a touch predictable but is certainly timely. Drum roll please! . . . Oh, right, the picture's right there. May's selection is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Now that the movie is on the way, including a little bit of controversy regarding the ending, I want to take this time to discuss the book together so we're on the same page (so to speak) when the adaptation hits theaters in June. I read it a while back but definitely need to jog my memory and really want to talk about the controversial and provocative aspects of this story with all of you. Should be fun! And by "fun" I mean "thought-provoking" and "emotionally wrenching."

For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works: I announce a new book each month. Every week I suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in May). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.

To read a description of the book and to see the first assignment, read more.

The synopsis for My Sister's Keeper reads:
"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. The author . . . 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 ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion."

The first assignment: Read from the beginning to the end of the section marked "Wednesday." (Stop before the section marked "Thursday.") We'll chat about this section next Friday, May 8.

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