The basic premise of the story is Kate has cancer. Her parents decide to have another baby as her donor. Everyone fights like crazy to get what they need in this highly dysfunctional, yet loving, family. Everything revolves around their daughter’s illness. Everything.
When I first read the book I was quick to judge the mother. I thought she was a little nuts. This time I realized that all moms are a little nuts. I’m nuts. Maybe I’m more than I otherwise would be since Nathan arrived on the scene with all of his special needs and medical challenges, but regardless I do some extreme things on behalf of my children.
Love motivates us to do some drastic things. Loving and life is not always as simple as it seems.
Anyone who believes that people have ultimate control of what life hands to them needs only to spend a day in the shoes of a child with leukemia. Or her mother.” – Jodi Picoult
Even from a secular standpoint this author touches on the sovereignty of God. It gives you a lot to think about.
Thought provoking and extremely well written. I doubt you could read this book without feeling highly passionate about one or more of the characters. Maybe this time, think of it from the perspective of someone who has a sick child. I’m not saying that I would have chosen the same for my child, only that I hope next time I come across something so controversial I’m not so quick to judge lest I find myself in similar shoes.
The human capacity for burden is like bamboo–far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. It seems to me…that a parent falls in one of two ways when told a child has a fatal disease. Either you dissolve into a puddle, or you take the blow on the cheek and force yourself to lift your face again for more. In this, we probably look a lot like the patients.” – Jodi Picoult
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