When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated—she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, "Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance" (Stephen King).
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, 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 had 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 is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.
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by Jodi Picoult
"Fans of Jodi Picoult will embrace this latest addition to her collection of timely topical novels. HANDLE WITH CARE is the story of a family living with its youngest child's rare medical condition, which causes her bones to break from the slightest impact. As the story is told from the perspectives of the major players in the drama, this audio performance is easy to listen to, thanks to the varied voices provided by the full cast for each narrator. The technical details that emerge in Picoult's careful exploration of the medical sciences are tempered by the emotional development of the characters and the suspense created by various conflicts. This unusual story told by a familiar storyteller makes for enjoyable listening. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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