Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Lone Wolf (Click the title to view this novel.)
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Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781439102749
eBook: 9781439149690
Source: Crazy Blog Tours

About the Book:
When his estranged father is seriously injured in a car accident, Edward Warren rushes back to the home he left suddenly five years ago.  There more for the sake of his sister, Cara, who was also injured in the accident, Edward finds himself faced with a gut wrenching decision. His father, Luke, a wolf expert, is in a coma due to severe and traumatic brain injuries sustained in the crash.  Since it is clear that Luke will not get recover from his injuries, Edward is in favor of “pulling the plug” and donating his father’s organs to someone who will get better in the event of a transplant.  For his sister Cara, the answer is not so black and white.  Cara, who pulled her father from the crash wreckage, believes there is hope of a medical miracle.  At odds over the decision of their father’s fate the siblings face an impossible choice that must be made. 

When the decision takes Edward and Cara to court, the family’s relationships are tried and tested.  As their history is revealed, their future hangs on the edge, threatening to spill over.  The pain of their heartache still fresh, the siblings must make the choice between medical science and moral dilemma.  Either way, a decision will be made and the family will have to find a way to move forward.

My Thoughts:
Wow!  I simply don’t know how she does it.  I absolutely love Jodi Picoult’s writing!  She is infamous for bringing controversial and thought provoking subjects to her novels.  Her books discuss matters where there are no clear lines.  They fill up the gray areas with the questions everyone ask, “What is right?”, “What is wrong?” and “What are the consequences?”   In this book, Jodi pulls from the lives of wolves.  Each pack is dependent on each member.  Not one wolf is useless, each has a role in the pack and their survival depends on each and every one of them.  Nothing is more important than family.  In parallel, Luke is a wolf expert whose human family or pack is forced to decide his fate.  Unfortunately they do not agree with each other, causing deeper rifts in an already segregated and fragile pack. 

I love how Jodi’s books let you see both sides of the story and understand them completely.  I usually end her books with a clear and unmovable opinion or a loss of words, as I can’t seem to choose a side because I equally understand both and find fault with both.  Picoult points out the social issues on both sides of the issue as well as the emotional issues and human nature that surround both sides.

In this book she alternates voices between the main characters, including Luke’s ex-wife Georgie.  She pulls this off in an effortless way.  Each character comes to life on the pages; each character is well developed and easy to get lost with.  Reading their stories, hearing their voices, and knowing how each of them feels and thinks made me feel as if I was in the middle of this story, watching it as it happened.  I highly suggest any of Jodi’s novels, but this one is a must read.  You’re sure to have something to say about it when you finish and I want to hear!!

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