In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara. Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?
©2012 Jodi Picoult (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
In typical Jodi P style, story pulls together well and characters are equally interesting. I have always been a JP fan, but this storyline was not for me. It was very enjoyable from beginning to end, but you must have some patience in the middle portion, it can be a bit too much wolf info. Having lived on a cattle ranch, you can guess why.
Loved to be educated into the ways of these animals in such a way
Also moving is the eternal controversial theme of euthanasia
Resuming, this is a very good mixed story
family, caring, wolves
I especially liked the interaction of Dad with the wolves and how he integrated into the pack.
Can't make a difference, all Jodi Picoult's books are thought provoking.
Could have listened to this book in all one sitting, but unfortunately it was too long.
Looking forward to Jodi's next book on Audible.
alot of depth
I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one.
Probably the ending, I did not think it was a predictable ending. There was an element of surprise for me. I thought the book was informative about wolves and their lifestyle, and I liked hearing the book from the vantage point of each character. That is something that I think Jodi does well in alot of her books, tell the story in the first person for each character.
no, I enjoyed listening to it each day as I shoveled snow, about an hour each day.
I enjoyed learning about Luke's character and what drove his love of wolves.
Can't say without spoiling the book but there were a few shockers.
Luke's enthuasim as he talked about the wolves.
No, but I enjoyed reading it.
I read this book as a book club selection. I was not excited to read it after reading the reviews (which were all over the place). Once I got into the book, I really enjoyed the family dynamics and couldn't wait to learn the outcome of the book. Luke was a piece of work!!!!
The book switches from one person to another, each with a different narrator. I enjoyed that a lot. The story, especially the wolf facts, kept me interested. This is my second Jodi Picoult novel. Like the other one, it is family drama, a court room scene, and a secret being kept until the end.
If Jodi Picoult wrote it I'll read it. Her books always contain an ethical / moral issue with no clear right and wrong in the story. Plus in this one you'll learn how wonderful and fascintating wolves are.
Another story by Picoult that explores the ethical and moral issues
families face when faced with a traumatic brain injury and brain death in a loved one.
I think Edward was my favorite character because he made some wrong decisions but in the end he matured and fought to make the right decision for the right reason.
All the various narrators were excellent!
The whole book was moving but the stories about the wolf pack and wolf behavior were fascinating.
Say something about yourself!
I love how the storyline blends to form the whole picture. I also love the way she brings the wolf pack information and makes it a part of the story. She never dissapointment!
The final decision to terminate life support and the coming together of a fractured family.
You feel like you are there! Excellent narration!
The father. To learn more about the wolves.
Any book by piccoult is an excellent read!
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