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My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult
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1.Do you think Sara is a good mother? Do you sympathize with her? How does her martyrdom affect the rest of the family?
2.Do you agree with Brian's decision not to turn Jesse into the authroities for setting the fires?
3.My sister's Keeper is told from may different viewpoints. Why do you think Jodi Picoult wrote it this way? How did hearing from each character change your optinion of them and of the situation?
4.on page 144, Brian says, "like anything that's been confined, fire has a natural instinct to escape."How does this truth apply to Kate? to Brian?
5.Which situations and characters did you relate to the most closely?As you finished the book, was there anything that stood out as relevant to you personally?
6.Early in the legal proceedings, as Anna watches her mother slip back into her lawyer role, she notes, "It is hard to believe that my mother used to do this for a living. She used to be someone else, once." Which character do you think is the most capable of undergoing change? Why?
7.o you feel that it' ethical to conceive a child that meets specific genetic requirements? If not, do you believe that there should be specific exceptions, like saving another person's life, or is this just a "slippery slope?" Has this novel changed any of your opintions about bioethics issues like stem cell research or genetically manipulated offspring?
8.Do you think it was fair of kate to ask Anna to refuse to donate a kidney, even though this seemed like the only way for her to avoid the transplant?
9.On page 142, Brian says that when rescuing someone from a fire, that "the safety of the rescuer is of a higher priority than the safety of the victim. Always." How does this apply to his role in his won family?
10.Julia and Cambell tried to remain unemotional and businesslike when they dealty with one another, but is anyone capable of being totally rational, or do emotions always come into play?
11.If she could invite anyone, living or dead, to a dinner party, Jodi Picoult would ask Ernest Hemingway, Alive Hoffman, William Shakespeare, Mel Gibson and Emeril Lagasse. Who would you invite?
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