My Sister's Keeper Background

My Sister's Keeper Background

My Sister's Keeper is a novel written by Jodi Picoult in 2004 and revolves around a 13-year old girl called Anna Fitzgerald who was born for the purpose of aiding her sister in her recovery from leukemia by donating cells and organs.

Kate Fitzgerald is Anna's older sister and has been suffering from leukemia and required urgent help. Their mother, Sara Fitzgerald and father, Brian Fitzgerald decided to have a saviour sibling (Anna). However, Anna wanted medical emancipation from her parents at the age of 13 as she did not want to donate her kidney to her sister.

The book's main theme is about death and the inevitability of it. This is a constant theme as the book progresses. However, the book is also about liberation and being able to make one's own decisions. This can be seen in Anna's request for medical emancipation.

This book has received comment on its extraordinary exploration of love, family and death. My Sister's Keeper has received widespread praise from critics and fans alike and raises awareness of saviour siblings and leukemia and medical emancipation. The book has also been turned into a major hollywood film.

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