Handle with care by Jodi Picoult: The Fragility of life
‘Handle with care’ is written by Jodi Picoult as a tale of twists of disease, law, and love. The book centers on a family that could not get the wish of having a ‘healthy child.’ The baby girl that is born doesn’t come into their lives as happiness but as a responsibility.
The girl, Willow is born with a brittle bone disease which means that her life is going to be a painful one. One by one her bones are going to break, this is challenging for her, but a bigger one for her parents who are strained by her medical and financial cares.
Willow entered their life as a piece of glass that can break unless it handles with care. Jodi has primarily highlighted the fragility of life and how far will one go to protect such a delicate thing.
The story begins with the birth of a child to Mr. and Mrs. Sean O’Keefe. But unlike usual, luckier couples this moment didn’t mark the start of many beautiful moments. As opposed to their wishes, their baby girl is born with a severe bone disease.
The birth of Willow takes Charlotte and her husband on a roller coaster of suffering. Their suffering ranges from sleepless nights and substantial medical bills to lawsuits and never ask any questions.
Even Willows half-sister Amelia gets affected
Amidst all the pain and struggle is a little happiness that seems to make it all worth it; Willow. She grows up to be a delicate five-year-old that is as smart as ever. Despite her condition, she can easily be called perfect. She is smart and has a lot of wisdom. She manages to keep it together, through sickness and health, she remains to same.
With Amelia overshadowed by her sister’s needs, Willow is as fragile as she is, the family starts to strain. The strain is pulled further when Charlotte decides to file a lawsuit for wrongful birth to secure Willow’s future.
The case gets so twisted that it needs Charlotte and Sean to say that if they knew about Willow’s condition before her birth, they would have terminated the pregnancy. The suit takes Charlotte to the darkest corners of herself where her biggest ‘what-ifs’ lay. To be fair to Willow, she has to confront and answer all the questions.
The most exciting thing about this book is that it is not a straightforward novel weaved about one character and studded with others. Every aspect has a backstory that makes them do what they are doing. Each character has been through something that inspires their choices; good or bad.
The novel is like many stories that are a part of one big tale. There is a child with medical problems, parents with personal issues, and a lawyer with a dark and long backstory. This aspect of writing is highlighted even more by expressing the story from the different point of views at different times.
All in all, ‘Between The Lines’ is a story of pain, regret, identity, answers, and family. It is the kind of book you would not want to put down once you pick up.
Jodi Picoult’s Biography
She has a degree in Creative Writing from Princeton University and also a Masters in Education from Harvard University.
He has published fourteen novels. In 2003 he received the New England Book award in the fiction category for his entire career. He has also received, among others, the Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, the Book Browse Diamond and the Lifetime Achievement of the Romance Writers of America.
According to The New York Times, which has it on the list of its most successful authors, «Jodi Picoult is a solid and passionate writer». She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
His books focus on family relationships, friendship, and love, with the aim of raising and elucidating ethical issues and current issues that encourage the reader to reflect during the reading and after it ends.
Editorial Planeta has previously published with great success the following titles of Jodi Picoult: Compassion (Booket, 2006), The most challenging decision (Zenith, 2006) and Nineteen Minutes (Zenith, 2007).