It was standing room only for New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's visit to San Diego on Tuesday night. hosted a book reading and book signing at the for Picoult, whose books have been translated into 34 languages in 35 countries with four of them made into TV movies and My Sister’s Keeper making it to the big screen.
Her latest book touches on issues of life support, organ donation and family relations.
Picoult provided this synopsis for her book at Tuesday night’s reading:
“Lone Wolf is a story of Luke Warren. Luke is a wolf researcher, who made a name for himself by living in the wild of Canada with a wild wolf pack. When he is injured, literally on page one, in a car accident and left comatose, it is up to his two children to decide his fate. Edward, who is 23, is the prodigal son who left the house six years ago after a big fight with his father. He has been living abroad and comes back because of this injury. His sister Cara is 17. She holds him responsible for breaking apart their parents marriage. And she in the aftermath has been living with and working with her father. She wants to wait for a miracle for him. Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his organs. The question is – is he motivated by altruism or by revenge. And to what lengths will his sister go to keep him from making a decision that is irrevocable.”
Have you read the book? Are you planning on reading it? La Jolla Patch wants to spark conversation online about this book. Please feel free to start up or add to the "book club" conversation in the comment section below.
A few Book Club discussion questions from jodipicoult.com:
- When Edward is going through his father’s personal effects, he comes across Luke’s driver’s license in the wallet. Luke is an organ donor. Does that help Edward in his decision?
- Edward takes the wolf to his dad’s hospital room. How do you feel about his actions? Discuss.
- Cara gets her friend to take her to the county attorney’s office. How does this drastic measure compare to Edward’s act of pulling the plug? Discuss.
- Luke realizes the wolf pack is his new family. That seems to be a huge conflict—he has a family already. Discuss.
- We find out what actually happened on the night of the car crash. Did that make Cara’s actions more understandable?