- Series: Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)
- Hardcover: 550 pages
- Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (April 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611733669
- ISBN-13: 978-1611733662
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,205 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Estranged from his family while living in Thailand for the past six years, Edward Warren is summoned home to New Hampshire when his father, Luke, a renowned wolf expert, and Edward’s 17-year-old sister, Cara, are critically injured in a car accident. Cara’s wounds are not life-threatening, but Luke has suffered severe brain damage and languishes in a vegetative state doctors say is irreversible. As his father’s legal next-of-kin, it falls to Edward to make the hard choices about life support and organ donation, a nearly impossible responsibility, given that father and son parted on angry terms the night Edward tried to confide to Luke that he was gay. Then Cara becomes a volatile advocate for her father’s right-to-life, taking impulsive steps to wrest control away from Edward. Though the author’s loyal “Pi-cult” following will drive demand, this latest offering lacks the emotional nuance that may have won Picoult her fans. Worthy discussions about critical end-of-life medical and moral issues are often eclipsed by overwrought teenage melodrama and heavy-handed working of the “lone wolf/Luke Warren” trope. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Picoult will conduct a national author tour backed by extensive advertising and publicity for this topical drama by a reliably prolific and avidly popular author. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Never one to shy away from moral and ethical dilemmas, or from presenting every side of the debate, Picoult gives her readers all the virtuoso plotting, cliffhangers and twists they've come to expect' DAILY MAIL 'Picoult takes a controversial and provocative subject and uses it as a backdrop to a touching and emotional drama. Her characters are believable and well drawn and the book is all the more powerful for it.' SUNDAY EXPRESS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm leaving this review because I didn't leave one 5 years ago. If you have an open mind to the inexplicable vagaries of life, read this book.
But I couldn't really get into the story. The family, estranged family, ex- family and new family were a bit too much. And with all there was either too much love, too much hate or too much indifference. I found that a strange way to build characters. They also didn't seem to develope much along the way. The names of who was speaking started each chapter...that helped except whoever, I guess the publisher, felt they had to change the font as well which did nothing but irritate me.
At the start of the book the wolf stories and how they live and form packs was interesting until I figured out that only the last paragraph or so of those chapters was relevant to the last or next chapter. I began skipping the wolf stuff.
The father with the massive head injuries really didn't get much sympathy from me...he left his family for a few years while they fell apart...why? Well, because he found wolves more interesting than them.
I just read the above...must say that I may be being too hard all the way around and I will try another of her books. So many cannot be wrong. Or, can they? :-)
I was disappointed, particulary coming off of Sing You Home which made me cry regularly.
I've always said Jodi's writing has gotten better over time, but I can't include this book in that statement. I was waiting for the gut wrenching ethical question to be brought up, but it seemed she couldn't focus on one thing. First there was the car accident, which I started to believe that Cara was actually driving instead of Luke. Then, whether to terminate life support. I thought the story might have been picking up when Cara got the state to bring attempted murder charges on Edward, but they got dismissed. You're also led to believe Edward flees to Thailand because Luke was not okay with him being gay, but it was actually because he walked in on Luke sleeping with his assistant. Oh, and there was an abortion, but that's a moot side point by the time it's brought up.
It just felt all over the place. Nothing really gripped me. Also, Luke's parts were rather dull. I usually plow through a Jodi Picoult novel in a couple days, but this one took me a couple weeks and honestly wasn't good enough to be more than a bathroom read.
I won't hesitate to buy anything of hers in the future, if anything Lone Wolf just makes me want to go back and re read (again) Jodi's better novels.