Jodi Picoult is best known for her divding topics which go to the heart of human morality. “Handle With Care” is one of her most controversial yet. Read it and see what you would do.
Handle With Care
When Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta,(OI) they are devastated – she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain.
As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say in public that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she’d known about the disability in advance – words that her husband can’t abide, that Willow will hear, and that Charlotte cannot reconcile. And the ob/gyn she’s suing isn’t just her physician – it’s her best friend.
“Handle With Care” explores the knotty tangle of medical ethics and personal morality. When faced with the reality of a disabled fetus, at which point should an OB counsel termination? Should a parent have the right to make that choice? How disabled is TOO disabled? And as a parent, how far would you go to take care of someone you love? Would you alienate the rest of your family? Would you be willing to lie to your friends, to your spouse, to a court? And perhaps most difficult of all – would you admit to yourself that you might not actually be lying?
What others are saying about Jodi Picoult’s latest novel:
“Picoult, a master of the domestic landscape, creates a dramatic page turner, relentlessly driving home what doctors tell Charlotte at Willow’s birth: “You can’t live a life without impact.” – PEOPLE magazine.
“ Picoult has carved an impressive niche in the topical family drama genre, tackling medical ethics, faith, ;and the law in her sixteenth novel… In her customary fashion, Picoult probes sensitive issues with empathy and compassion.” — Booklist
“Told through multiple points of view, this suspenseful story explores questions of medical ethics and personal choice, pinpointing the fragile and delicate fault lines that span out from personal tragedy and disability.” — Kirkus Reviews
Have you read “Handle With Care”? What would you do? Which Jodi Picoult book do you like best?