“If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?”
The bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells another emotionally engaging story. “My Sister’s Keeper”, the eleventh book by the American author, asks a quite existential question – How far would you go for the ones you love?
We meet the Fitzgerald family, in a really uneasy time of their lives. The family faces a critical situation when their youngest daughter Anna rebels against the rules. But Anna’s rebellion is nothing like the usual teenagers’ – she literary fights for her right to live a normal and healthy life.
The Fitzgeralds have two daughters – Anna and her sister Kate. The older one, Kate suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia – a dangerous and life-threatening disease. Anna was created to save her big sister’s life and until the age of thirteen, she was donating willingly whatever Kate needs. But when she has to donate one of her kidneys, the young girls decides that she won’t do this any more.
At a very tender age, Anna has to make a decision that will probably change her life forever and will tear her family apart. Even worst, her decision will probably kill her sister. Surprisingly to some of the readers, over the course of the novel it becomes clear that Kate supports Anna completely because for her the kidney operation is unneeded – it is not guaranteed to work and she might die during the serious medical intervention. The older sister doesn’t want to damage Anna’s life forever with her illness.
Anna, herself, faces probably the most important time in her life. At the beginning of the teenage years, many young people struggle hard to find themselves and to be accepted as mature and responsible persons. For Anna the task is even harder – she had never been defined in any other way, but in terms of her sister. She was created so Kate could live and her own life without the constant donations seems kind of pointless.
With her brilliant writing style, Jodi Picoult, carefully examines some of the most fragile topics in our lives. Do we really know what it means to be a good parent, sister, friend or lover? Or, more importantly, do we even have an idea what it truly means to be a good person?