this post could have easily been titled the mother of all headaches, but that would have been a little pitiful. i’ve been pretty down this week because i haven’t been able to shake this headache. it’s not really a pain, per se … more like just PRESSURE on the side of my poor little head. i’ve basically just been laying around being lazy and reading.
this book, for example, only took me a few hours to read. i just couldn’t put it down. i’ve been reading books by Jodi Picoult for as long as i can remember and they never get old. she really does her research and her books are always loaded with facts, even though the characters may be fictional – the story is always great and i always walk away feeling like i’ve learned something (without being beaten over the head with it, no pun intended).
here’s a brief description, per the author’s website.
When Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated – she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain.
As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say in public that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she’d known about the disability in advance – words that her husband can’t abide, that Willow will hear, and that Charlotte cannot reconcile. And the ob/gyn she’s suing isn’t just her physician – it’s her best friend.
Handle With Care explores the knotty tangle of medical ethics and personal morality. When faced with the reality of a fetus who will be disabled, at which point should an OB counsel termination? Should a parent have the right to make that choice? How disabled is TOO disabled? And as a parent, how far would you go to take care of someone you love? Would you alienate the rest of your family? Would you be willing to lie to your friends, to your spouse, to a court? And perhaps most difficult of all – would you admit to yourself that you might not actually be lying?
- have you read this book or any other’s by Jodi Picoult?
- if so, what did you think?
- what are you reading right now?