Book interview: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’

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(Neal Charnoff) There has been much debate about the ethical implications of genetic planning, stem cell research and “designer babies.” Author Jodi Picoult gives the topic a dramatic human perspective in her new novel, “My Sisters’s Keeper.”

In the book, 13-year-old Anna Fitzgerald was conceived to be a donor for her older sister, who has a rare form of leukemia. When Anna learns that she must donate a kidney to save her sister, she decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body.

By telling the story from multiple perspectives, Picoult is able to examine the emotional toll that having a sick child can have on a family, and the moral implications of saving the child by any means necessary. (To hear the interview, click on the “Listen” icon.)

Jodi Picoult’s eleventh novel, “My Sister’s Keeper,” is published by Atria Books. Picoult will be reading from her book at these locations:

Northsire Books in Manchester
Thursday, April 29 at 7pm. (802-362-3565)

Pierson Library in Shelburne
Friday, May 28, 6pm (ticketed event, 802-264-5017)

Bear Pond Books in Montpelier
Tuesday, June 1, 7pm (802-299-0744)

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