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Handle with care : a novel
Jodi Picoult
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Perennial bestseller Picoult (Change of Heart) delivers another engrossing family drama, spiced with her trademark blend of medicine, law and love. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe's daughter, Willow, was born with brittle bone disease, a condition that requires Charlotte to act as full-time caregiver and has strained their emotional and financial limits. Willow's teenaged half-sister, Amelia, suffers as well, overshadowed by Willow's needs and lost in her own adolescent turmoil. When Charlotte decides to sue for wrongful birth in order to obtain a settlement to ensure Willow's future, the already strained family begins to implode. Not only is the defendant Charlotte's longtime friend, but the case requires Charlotte and Sean to claim that had they known of Willow's condition, they would have terminated the pregnancy, a statement that strikes at the core of their faith and family. Picoult individualizes the alternating voices of the narrators more believably than she has previously, and weaves in subplots to underscore the themes of hope, regret, identity and family, leading up to her signature closing twists. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and book-club favorite Picoult ( once again tackles tough subject matters in this novel involving a wrongful birth lawsuit and centering on Willow O'Keefe, a bright young girl with a rare brittle-bone disease. A six-person cast-Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, Charlotte Perry, Alma Cuervo, and Cassandra Morris-narrates beautifully. Fans of Picoult's recently film-adapted 2004 novel, My Sister's Keeper, will appreciate this especially skillfully written work, as will those who enjoy family dramas. Highly recommended. [The Atria hc was also "highly recommended" (LJ 3/15/09) and was an LJ Best Seller.]-Theresa Stoner, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Charlotte O'Keefe
Full-time caregiver for her daughter with brittle bone disease; suing for wrongful birth in order to get a settlement for Willow's future.

Sean O'Keefe
Charlotte's husband; one of his daughters suffers from brittle bone disease.

Willow O'Keefe
Suffers from brittle bone disease.

Amelia O'Keefe
Age: Teenager
Willow's half-sister; overshadowed by her sister's needs.

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