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The first book up for discussion and comments is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodie Picoult
My sister’s keeper by Jodi Picoult had left a big impression on some of us and after a quick outline of the story we all joined in on a lively discussion.
Synopsis from the book jacket
“Sara Fitzgerald’s daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything – whatever it takes – to save her child.
Then the test results come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate. If they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only one option:
creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister. For Sara, it seems the ideal solution. Not only does Kate live, but she gets a beautiful new daughter, Anna too.
Until the moment Anna hands Sara the papers that will rock her whole world. Because, aged thirteen, Anna has decided that she doesn’t want to help Kate live any more. She is suing her parents for the rights to her own body”. Hodder & Stoughton, 2004
Impressions and divided opinions
The book had left a deep impression on those of us that had read the book and we were divided in opinion. Here are some of our thoughts and questions.
“If I was a parent I would want to do anything to save my child”
“But what about the rights of the child, is it right for them to be forced to endure surgical/medical procedures”
“Should a child be old enough to give their consent to help another person in this way?”
“Should we be intervening in life and death?”
“Should there be laws in place to protect children being used this way?”
Comments please.Do you agree or disagree?
Further information on Jodie Picoult and her other novels can be found on her website at : http://www.jodipicoult.com/