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Handle with Care | [Jodi Picoult]

Handle with Care

From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.
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Publisher's Summary

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 number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

©2009 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 03-24-09
    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 03-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Waste of time."

    This book was simply awful. A waste of money and time. The whole book is about a stupid lawsuit. The medical details of the case are nauseating. Skip at all costs!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 03-29-09
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    "Too greedy"

    I was disturbed by the character's notion that insurance fraud appeard to be an acceptable way to help a handicapped child. Growing up wtih a friend with OI, it is sad that our society today (I consider the jury guilty as well) would rather accept insurance fraud than ask for financial help. No wonder we have so much moral bankruptcy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Austin, TX, United States 10-06-09
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    "Well Narrated"

    I really enjoy the narration of Jodi Picoult books - each character is done by a different person, so it makes it like a play. This is a very enjoyable story - hard to stop listening to - although it does follow the "typical" Jodi Picoult format.

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