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by Jodi Picoult

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

2004 Best Women's Fiction Novel Nominee

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Picoult's latest is so controversial and all-encompassing that its aftershocks will be felt for a long time to come.

At the tender age of 13, in Upper Darby, Rhode Island, Anna Fitzgerald hires attorney Campbell Alexander to represent her in a lawsuit in which she seeks medical emancipation from her parents.

Anna, three years younger than her sister Kate, was a genetically engineered baby, conceived to offer genetic compatibility to Kate. From birth, Anna has sustained life for her older sister. First, it was Anna's placental blood, then a bone transplant. Now Anna parents, attorney Sara and firefighter Brian, are trying to force her to donate a kidney to Kate.

Picoult's novel draws the reader in and never lets go, even as she introduces lesser characters like Campbell, a man whose sarcasm hides a troubling wound in his life, and Julia Romano, Anna's guardian ad litem, whose past with Campbell rears its ugly head. Written with complexity and great depth of feeling, Picoult's latest is nothing short of stunning. (Apr., 432 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Atria

Published: April 2004

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