I have read all of Jodi Picoult’s books, and admittedly most I have loved, but some I did not care for. My least favorites were a few of her earlier books: Songs of the Humpback Whale, and Picture Perfect. My favorites were My Sister’s Keeper and now Handle with Care: A Novel; gets added to my favorites list. I really enjoyed this controversial story.
In this story the O’Keefe family is strained to the breaking point when their daughter,
, is born with OI, osteogenesis imperfect, or (brittle bone disease) which causes her bones to break easily ---even before she was born some of her bones were broken and on the day she was born (4) more breaks occurred. Willow
When the mother, Charlotte O’Keefe visits a lawyer on another matter the wheels of a “wrongful birth” lawsuit are set in motion. The defendant is her Obstetrician and best friend, Piper.
's motivation for the lawsuit, which will tear her family apart, is that she needs money to take proper care of her daughter. Charlotte is Willows the full time caregiver, and her husband is a police officer in Charlotte , so the family is financially strapped. Her husband Sean opposes this lawsuit, and her older daughter suffers the emotional effects of this struggle as well. New Hampshire
To win a malpractice suit such as this, the attorney must argue that had the obstetrician provided accurate information about the fetus sooner, the couple would have been able to decide whether or not to abort the fetus. Since this family is Catholic, answering that question will not be an easy thing to do.
The story is told in the form of alternating narrators – all very believable. Handle with Care: A Novel, is a great, emotionally charged, extremely well researched book that captures the complexity of this story. Several reviewers seemed to feel that the ending was “infuriating or a cop-out”, but for me, I can understand the thought process, and to me, the ending was believable.
RATING – 5/5 – COMPLETED –
WHERE FROM: Library