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Handle with Care: A Novel (Hardcover)

by Jodi Picoult (Author)

Product Description

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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

About the Author
JODI PICOULT is the author of sixteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Change of Heart and Nineteen Minutes. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at

Jodi Picoult..., March 3, 2009
By M. Elizabeth "Mommy of Many"

...does it again! A great book, stimulating and emotional. It is not leisure reading by any means. But if you have read Picoult's other books, you already know she incorporates tough issues in her novels. You won't be disappointed.

As far as the boycott and low ratings on the novel, what does this have to do with reviewing the ITEM? Obviously, your issues are with Amazon and the publishers. Skewing the review is not fair, not for the author and certainly not for customers looking for a review of the BOOK. Since this is the first day for reviews, I'm sure the rating will increase and your posts will be at the end of a long list of relevant information. Write to Amazon and the publisher, but don't troll these reviews. People don't want to read about any more problems than they have already.

Tough choices await a family in New Hampshire., March 4, 2009
By Jilly Bean

In Jodi Picoult's new novel: Handle with Care, we meet an average family living in a rural town in New Hampshire. At least, everything seems normal - dad works for the local police, mom is a bakery chef, and they have a teen daughter, Amelia...but their youngest daughter Willow, has a very rare disease, osteogenesis imperfecta. This disease causes the young lass's bones to develop improperly, and causes them to break. As anyone with two young children can understand, when one requires so much attention, the other begins to feel left out...that is exactly what happens to young Amelia. Handle with Care is so accurate and so painstakingly detailed, the challenges this family faces, will leave you awed as little Willow must go through experimental procedures that will strengthen her bones, but may have drastic side effects in the future. Jodi Picoult does a remarkable job expressing the power and will and love this family shares, and the challenges they must face. The book is so well researched and written, with a young heroine that will steal your heart.

But let us not forget what makes Jodi Picoult famous: Willow's mother decides to file a lawsuit against the obstetrician who cared for her during the pregnancy. Her claim is one that really changes the tone of the novel. Charlotte (Willow's mother) claims the diagnosis of Willow's disease was not discovered soon enough and because of this she was unable to terminate the pregnancy. When the diagnosis was finally made, it was too late for an abortion. This lawsuit threatens the very fabric of the family - which is at risk of being torn asunder. Her husband rejects the lawsuit, her teen daughter is distraught over it, and she loses her best friend. Yet, worse than that is little Willow who learns that her mother would have chosen to abort her if given the chance. This lawsuit also puts Charlotte on the fringes of the OI community, who now want nothing to do with her.

Jodi Picoult does a marvelous job with the way she paints Charlotte. Here is a mother you're not sure if you should love or hate. She admits that Willow is a terrible burden on the the same time, Willow is the greatest gift God could have given her -- Charlotte is truly a woman torn to pieces. The money she can win from the lawsuit will be able to supply her daughter with the best treatment, but at the cost of destroying the bonds between the rest of her family and friends. It is this fight which makes the novel so incredibly strong. Charlotte is willing to sacrifice everything in life to help her youngest daughter. Handle with Care is a wonderful novel, with strong characters, that will open up the very real world of a disability that can either tear apart a family...or strengthen the bonds to unbreakable levels.