Whenever I go home on leave, I try by all means to pass through Treasure Trove and buy a book. This time I picked up a Jodi Picoult novel called Handle With Care. Anyone who reads Jodi Picoult novels knows that the lady writes about very controversial issues and gives them a human face.
In this book, the story is about a family with a daughter named Willow with a disease called osteogenesis imperfecta and how the illness impacted her family (mother, father and sister), The controversy comes in when it comes to medical malpractice. Willow's mother sues her Ob-Gyn (who also happens to be her best friend) for not diagnosing the condition early enough so that the pregnancy could be safely terminated.
The question asked in the book constantly is that should a foetus be aborted before birth because it will be severely disabled. The book shows how far a mother can go to get quality care for her child, as well as showing how sometimes one may lie to oneself about certain choices.
The book is told from different character perspectives, mainly Sean O'Keefe (father of the child), Charlotte O'Keefe (mother), Amelia (sister), Piper Reece (Charlottes Ob-Gyn and best friend) and Willow (the child with OI).
An interesting side plot is provided by Marin Gates, a character who narrates, and is the lawyer for Charlotte O'Keefe. She is adopted and links her experience of being given up for adoption to Willow's of when she finds out that her mother may have aborted her if she had known Willow had been ''hit by the special stick''.
This book evokes a lot of emotion, mainly tears, for me. I think Jodi Picoult created a great page turner in this novel.
PS Another plus for the reader is that the novel comes with dessert recipes supposedly created by Charlotte O'Keefe who used to be a pastry chef before having Willow. For the wannabe chefs (like me), this novel has an additional draw to it.