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My Sister's Keeper

(2004)
A novel by

 
Awards
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Novel (nominee)
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book (nominee)
From Publishers Weekly
The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion.
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story. Thirteen-year-old Anna Fitzgerald walks into the office of lawyer Campbell Alexander and announces she wants to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Anna was conceived after her older sister, Kate, developed a rare form of leukemia at the age of two, and has donated bone marrow and blood to her sister. Now she has been asked to donate a kidney, and she intends to refuse. Campbell is a jaded young man who nevertheless decides to take her case pro bono. Anna's parents are shocked when they learn of her lawsuit, and her mother, a former civil defense attorney, decides to represent them. Anna refuses to budge on her position despite the fact that she clearly loves her sister and longs for her family's happiness. As the gripping court case builds, the story takes a shocking turn. Told in alternating perspectives by the engaging, fascinating cast of characters, Picoult's novel grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book. Kristine Huntley
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Book Description
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4352-4825-2 / 978-1-4352-4825-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-18
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February 2005 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-7569-7335-X / 978-0-7569-7335-3 (USA edition)
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February 2005 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4176-7598-5 / 978-1-4176-7598-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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October 2004 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
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ISBN: 0-340-83545-1 / 978-0-340-83545-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Picoult, Jodi (Large Print))
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-7434-8619-6 / 978-0-7434-8619-4 (USA edition)
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April 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-7434-5452-9 / 978-0-7434-5452-0 (USA edition)
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April 2004 : USA Hardback
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ISBN: 0-7434-8881-4 / 978-0-7434-8881-5 (USA edition)
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2004 : USA Hardback
Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-7432-7484-9 / 978-0-7432-7484-5 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4447-5434-3 / 978-1-4447-5434-6 (UK edition)
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4447-3018-5 / 978-1-4447-3018-0 (UK edition)
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January 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4165-4917-X / 978-1-4165-4917-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-340-91861-6 / 978-0-340-91861-6 (UK edition)
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 0-340-91862-4 / 978-0-340-91862-3 (UK edition)
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May 2009 : USA Paperback
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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4391-5738-3 / 978-1-4391-5738-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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May 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4391-5726-X / 978-1-4391-5726-8 (USA edition)
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May 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4391-5981-5 / 978-1-4391-5981-1 (USA edition)
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August 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4165-7524-3 / 978-1-4165-7524-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-340-96050-7 / 978-0-340-96050-9 (UK edition)
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 0-340-97686-1 / 978-0-340-97686-9 (UK edition)
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-7531-7444-8 / 978-0-7531-7444-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Paperbacks
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February 2005 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-7434-5453-7 / 978-0-7434-5453-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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June 2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-340-83546-X / 978-0-340-83546-3 (UK edition)
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-340-83774-8 / 978-0-340-83774-0 (UK edition)
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2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 0-340-83986-4 / 978-0-340-83986-7 (UK edition)
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2005 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: MY SISTER'S KEEPER
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-74114-505-8 / 978-1-74114-505-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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April 2004 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-74114-347-0 / 978-1-74114-347-8 (Australia edition)
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2004 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sisters Keeper -2004 publication.
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4391-6385-5 / 978-1-4391-6385-6 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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March 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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October 2005 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4193-6437-5 / 978-1-4193-6437-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4025-8640-X / 978-1-4025-8640-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4025-7322-7 / 978-1-4025-7322-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2004 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2004 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Recorded Books
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April 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
ISBN: 1-4025-7321-9 / 978-1-4025-7321-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2009 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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April 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria Books
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