My Sisiters Keeper.

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Title: My sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is a story filled with suffering, humor, and love. As thirteen-year-old Anna Fitzgerald struggles to define herself as a person apart from her sister Kate. The story gives insight to relationships between this family and show’s that life is full of choices and each of those carry a consequence, love in this case being one which carries risks and sacrifice but has the power to change lives forever. Kate Fitzgerald is dying of acute promyelocytic leukemia, and a kidney transplant is her only hope. Anna’s parents assume without question, that she will offer her kidney but being aware of the fact that she was conceived to be a genetic match, and ongoing donor for Kate, Anna wants a chance to live her own life. Though she loves her sister dearly, Anna retains Campbell Alexander (a lawyer) and seeks medical emancipation, knowing that without the surgery Kate will die. This causes a whirlwind of seven lives intertwined in ways none could ever have imagined. Anna forces a legal confrontation making each character examine the relationships in their lives. Sara Fitzgerald has focused obsessively on Kate’s medical needs, unwittingly ignoring the needs of other family members. Brian the father and a firefighter, finds respite from his family on the job, and in the stars, which become a metaphor for life. Jesse, eighteen, is the family misfit. Jesse is unable to help Kate, and is filled by guilt. Being a rebel he becomes the family’s unlikely source of healing. As the court proceedings swirl around Anna, all involved are forced to reckon with the ghosts of their pasts and the paths they have chosen.

Sometimes life can be like a fire. Fire is a common theme in the book, the passages that preface each section concern fire, Brian is a fire-fighter, Jesse sets fires, Kate’s illness can be compared to a fire because it is out of control and destroys everything in its path, and Anna compares her...