Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Novel Decision!

My Sister's Keeper is a novel written by Jodi Picoult in 2004. It tells the story of a young girl Anna who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her older sister Kate. Kate suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. By age thirteen, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that Kate can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna has been willing to donate whatever Kate has needed, until, at thirteen, she is told that she will have to donate one of her kidneys. The surgery required for both Kate and Anna would be major, and dangerous for both girls. Kate could die during surgery, and the procedure could also have a serious impact on Anna's life. Anna petitions for medical emancipation with the help of lawyer Campbell Alexander, so that she will be able to make her own decisions regarding her medical treatment and the donation of her kidney.

There are eleven characters in My Sister's Keeper, and about half of them narrate throughout the book. Interestingly enough, Picoult has already chosen different fonts for each narrator. Over the next couple of days, my job is to think about why she made these decisions, and how they affect my initial impression of each character. This will maybe assist me in selecting my own fonts for each narrator. I'll also be thinking about which three of the narrators I want to create spreads for.

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