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Handle with Care

Format:  Paperback,

477 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9780743296427

ISBN-10: 0743296427

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Things break all the time.
Day breaks, waves break, voices break.
Promises break.
Hearts break.

Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.
Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, "Handle with Care" brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9780743296427
ISBN-10: 0743296427
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 477
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Picoult, Jodi

Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, and Lone Wolf.

My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her title Between the Lines made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-09-15)

No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and book-club favorite Picoult (www.-jodipicoult.com) 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.

- 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.

Review by Library Journal (2009-03-15)

Fans of popular author Picoult (My Sister's Keeper) won't be disappointed with her newest novel, which offers a glimpse into the life of a family whose daughter is born with a severe medical condition that could have been prevented, but at what cost? Sean and Charlotte O'Keefe's magical world is turned upside down when daughter Willow is born with brittle bone disease, a disease so severe that Charlotte is forced into the role of caretaker for Willow and emotionally abandoning older daughter Amelia.

It's only when Charlotte decides to sue for wrongful death that the family begins to unravel-even if the reason for the lawsuit is for Willow's future. In order to win the lawsuit, Willow's parents have to claim that they would have aborted her if they had known about her condition, a claim that is so abhorrent that it literally fractures the family. Picoult's novels are like Russian nesting dolls, with each plot unveiling a subplot, leading to an ending that readers never see coming. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/08.] - Marika Zemke, Commerce Twp. Community Lib., MI

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Things break all the time.

Day breaks, waves break, voices break.

Promises break.

Hearts break.

Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.

Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5★ by 8reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by Bad ending I could not believe how badly this book ended. I had been reading it for several days and when I read the last page of the book it made me want to cry because how it ended. I felt like I had wasted my time. If you like books that end bad then you will like this one but if you like good endings DON'T read this book. 10/23/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Page turner I could not put this book down, loved it, I want all my friends to read it, just don't expect the "usual" ending. 03/25/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Fav Picoult book, yet I started reading this book, because I've loved other J.P. books. This is, by far, the best YET...I am now ordering other of her books 05/11/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Another great Picoult book Have been reading for a couple days now and this book is excellent-Picoult chooses the most different topics to explore-totally holds your interest. I also like how she shows all the different views from the characters in the book-unique style!! 10/04/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book, Like all other Picoult works I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down. This book really makes you appreciate your health and the health of your family. 10/04/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Love Jodi's books, very heartwarming and lifelike. 10/07/2009
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