Book Club: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 2009-05-22 08:15:54

Buzz Book Club: My Sister's Keeper, Section Three

Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers. I'm re-reading My Sister's Keeper this month and am having a great time reading all of your thoughts on this provocative book. This was a brief section, but there's still much to chat about.

Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in May). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next section: Start at the section marked "Monday" and read through to the end. We'll chat about this final section next Friday, May 29.

To discuss last week's section of My Sister's Keeper, in which we read through the section marked "The Weekend" (stopping before "Monday"), read more.

  1. With all of Anna's waffling, I'm still unclear what she would actually do if she were given the chance to make her own medical decisions. Would she give Kate the kidney? Would she not? Does she actually want to stop being — literally — Kate's lifeblood, or does she just want the opportunity to have a say?
  2. The scenes of Sara and Brian's married life before Kate's cancer always move me. I can't imagine how a child's illness must stress a relationship. Are you amazed that the two of them have been able to stay together? Do you think their focus on keeping Kate alive is what's saved them, or is there something more? Do you think people understand their relationship?
  3. It's odd to me that nobody in this family seems to have gone to any support groups or made friends with other people going through their situation; I'm sure they must have encountered other families who have kids with cancer at some point. They've obviously become so close by going through this experience together — but how much is their relative isolation a part of their story?
  4. It was tough to read the section where the family thinks they have to say goodbye to Kate — and quite emotional when she pulls through. At this point, I've been wondering why nobody has suggested just halting Kate's treatment and making her comfortable for the end of her life. Could it be because they've seen her come back from the brink before? Is it that much harder for everyone to let go?
  5. On a lighter note, I've gotten a kick throughout the book of Campbell's many snarky explanations for his dog, Judge. Do you have a favorite? (I kind of like the one where he says Judge is trained in CPR.) And if you haven't read ahead, do you have theories about why Campbell does actually have the dog?