…by Jodi Picoult.
Lone Wolf is Jodi Picoult’s latest book. Luke Warren, a man who lived and cares for wolves, is in a car accident with his daughter Cara. The accident leaves him in a coma and Cara with a broken shoulder. His son Edward returns from Thailand at the request of his mother, Georgie (and Luke’s now ex-wife). Cara is praying for a miracle despite the doctors’ prognosis. Edward doesn’t think his father would want to live a life of an invalid given that he has been an adventurous man and thinks they should pull the plug. However, he has been estranged from his father for 6 years…can he really be the one to make a decision? At the same time, Cara, who has lived with her father for 4 years doesn’t really have a say given she is still a minor at 17 years and 9 months. Now they have to battle it out: should they keep Luke alive or should they let him go?
In true Jodi Picoult style, we get to see the perspectives of almost all the characters including Joe, Georgie’s second husband, Helen, a guardian appointed by the court, and Luke himself in the form of chapters from his book. As always, the reader is torn. Who do you go with? Cara makes a damn good case for her father. But then, Edward’s reasons make sense too. You find yourself sympathising and agreeing with different characters on different instances. The wolves are a metaphor for family as well. And while Luke Warren is a man who understand wolves, you wonder whether he ever understood the importance of family. Picoult makes you have moral dilemmas yet again with her latest installment. When is right to let someone go especially given some people miraculously do recover? Is it right to voluntarily end a person’s life when they aren’t necessarily brain dead and their heart is still beating? All this and so much more makes for a good and interesting read.
Until next time,
***This has been cross-posted at Bond with Books***