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Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Picoult’s storytelling will suck readers right into this book, told so deftly from multiple points of view. The novel delves into the heart-rending subject of euthanasia but is at its most compelling when it focuses on the family members’ relationships.
Edward Warren, who cut all ties with his family five years ago, gets called home when his father, Luke, is left comatose after a car accident that also badly injured his younger sister, Cara. The siblings are forced to work together to figure out what is best for their father, a larger-than-life man who became famous after living with a pack of wild wolves. Cara is sure that it is just a matter of time before her father wakes up, while Edward believes that his father would want to be disconnected from life support. Both are willing to do anything to follow their conviction, from calling the police to unplugging the respirator. In a courtroom, they must face family secrets, and their own long-held views, to come to the right decision together. (ATRIA, Mar., 432 pp., $28.00)
Reviewed By: M.H. Morrison
Published: March 2012