My Sister's Keeper Book By Jodi Picoult (Summary - Review - Order Book)


Author Jodi Picoult
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Atria
Publication date
April 6, 2004
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 432 pp
ISBN 0-7434-5452-9
OCLC 54811160
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3566.I372 M9 2003

My Sister's Keeper is a 2004 novel written by Jodi Picoult. Tells the story of Anna Fitzgerald, 13, who sued her parents for medical emancipation when she discovers that she was supposed to donate a kidney to her older sister, Kate, who is gradually dying of acute leukemia.

The story takes place in the fictional city of Upper Darby, Rhode Island, in 2004. Anna Fitzgerald's older sister, Kate, suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia, blood cancer, and bone marrow cancer. Anna was born as a saving sister specifically to be able to save Kate's life. At first, it is successful, but cancer continues to fall throughout Kate's life.

Generally, Anna is willing to donate what Kate needs, but when she turns 13, she is told she will have to donate one of her kidneys due to Kate's kidney failure. The surgery required for Kate and Anna would be greater; It is not guaranteed to work, since the stress of the operation can kill Kate anyway, and the loss of a kidney could have a serious impact on Anna's life. Anna asks for medical emancipation with the help of Campbell Alexander, so she can make her own decisions regarding her medical treatment and donation of her kidney.

This is done following the advice of Julia Romano, the tutor ad litem appointed by the court, whose job is to decide what would be best for Anna. Julia was romantically involved with Campbell when they went to high school together, but Campbell broke her heart when he left her. Unbeknownst to Julia, Campbell left her because she discovered she had epilepsy and thought she deserved better.

Meanwhile, Anna's older brother, Jesse, who spent most of his life being ignored in favor of sick Kate or donor Anna, spends most of his time burning abandoned buildings with homemade explosives and using illegal drugs. He is a juvenile delinquent who confesses to himself, which leads to his father Brian finally confronting Jesse for his behavior.

During the trial, it was revealed that Kate originally asked Anna to file a claim for emancipation because Kate did not want Anna to have to donate her kidney now that Kate was ready to die, but her mother Sara does not seem to understand that (she later arrives to the terms when Anna tells her), and because Kate believes that she will die anyway. The judge ruled in Anna's favor and gave Campbell a medical power of attorney. However, when Campbell takes her home after the trial, her car is hit by a truck. The guard fireman (who is also Brian, Anna's father) who arrives on the scene, retrieves Anna, unconscious and seriously wounded, from the remains of the crushed car.

She goes into cardiac arrest and is revived. Both she and Campbell are taken to the hospital. At the hospital, the doctor informs Sara and Brian that Anna is brain dead and asks them if they have considered organ donation. An injured Campbell intervenes and declares that he has legal power and that "there is a girl up there who needs that kidney." Kate is ready for surgery, and Anna's kidney was transplanted successfully. Anna's life support machines are turned off by her family. Kate survives the surgery and remains in remission. Jesse has reformed and graduated from the police academy, despite his criminal record.

The difficult decisions that a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness are explored with pathos and understanding in this novel 11 of Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has addressed such controversial issues as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), looks back on genetic planning, the possibility of creating babies for the purpose of health and ethics and morals. consequences that result. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. His sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor compatible with procedures that become increasingly invasive. At age 13, Anna hires a lawyer so she can sue her parents for the right to make their own decisions about how their body is used when planning a kidney transplant. Meanwhile, Jesse, the family's neglected eldest son, is putting out fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably turns off. Picoult uses multiple points of view to reveal the intentions and observations of each character, but he does not achieve his transitions with the same grace as usual; A series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the mother of children, as developed and three-dimensional as the previous protagonists of Picoult. His devotion to Kate is understandable, but his complete lack of sympathy for Anna's situation until the trial becomes a reality, we can not buy Sara to take away her legal title and represent herself in such a complicated case. However, Picoult skillfully explores a complex theme with courage and clarity and presents an unexpected and poignant twist to the plot at the conclusion of the book.

About the Author
Jodi Picoult is the author of nineteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at

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