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The Story of His Life. Cassie is the one who reads the script initially and insists that Alex take the role. Not only is he the lead character, he also directs and produces the film. It is the story of a man who must reconcile with his abusive father and Cassie feels that this role will be cathartic for Alex and allow him to let go of the past. "The Story of His Life" sweeps the Oscars and Alex is once again Hollywood's golden boy.
"Desperado" is one of Alex's first movies and "Macbeth" is the flop that he is filming in Scotland when Cassie initially disappears.
Alaska. Remembering her father's stories of his homeland in Alaska and the Yup'ik tribe, Trixie decides to run away because she thinks she is wanted for Jason's murder. Trixie makes it all the way to Alaska but in trying to figure out where she has gone, Daniel realizes that Alaska is the logical choice. He left there years ago but remembers telling Trixie that Alaska is the one place where you can go and never be found.
photographer. Nicholas' mom is born of wealth but she has made her living traveling the world and publishing her works. Nicholas is an only child and although his parents are a bit stoic and unaccepting of Paige, they start to soften once they help care for Max and see that their son is suffering with the absence of his wife.
|"My Sister's Keeper": Anna's lawyer, Campbell, has a service dog that is specially trained to detect what?||The Works of Jodi Picoult
seizures. Judge, Campbell's dog, warns him several times throughout the story when his master's heart rate goes up, signally there is a possibility that Campbell could suffer a seizure. During the climactic courtroom scene, Judge tries to warn Campbell but he ignores his four-legged friend and does suffer an epileptic seizure. Luckily he recovers fully and does apologize to Judge for not heeding his warning.
Campbell does not like to tell folks that he has a disability and he gives several clever yet funny reasons as to why he has Judge, such as, Campbell is a lawyer and Judge chases ambulances, Campbell is nearsighted and Judge reads the street signs to him, and Campbell has an iron lung and Judge keeps him from getting too close to magnets.
|"The Tenth Circle": Daniel is a comic book graphic artist and he spends a lot of time talking about comic heroes with his daughter Trixie. Although they don't agree on who the greatest hero is, they do agree that the best super power is what?||The Works of Jodi Picoult
Flight. According to Daniel, Wolverine has the best costume and the Batmobile was the best transportation. Trixie preferrs Dark Phoenix and Wonder Woman's invisible airplane. However, one day when Daniel drops Trixie off at school, Trixie admits that she now thinks invisibility is the best superpower. Daniel can tell that something is bothering Trixie but he doesn't know that her boyfriend broke up with her.
Days later, Trixie's plan to win back her boyfriend turns into a nightmare when she accuses him of raping her. But as the reader learns more about Trixie, Daniel and all involved in these unfortunate events, one question keeps coming up - is Trixie a victim of a horrible crime or is she lying to cover up a darker secret?
Lakota. Born to a white mother and Lakota father, Will was often discriminated against by his peers and members of the tribe. He wants to escape the reservation that brought him so much pain so he moves to Los Angeles and accepts a position on the police force. Once he meets Cassie and feels that he can help and protect her, he starts to explore the Lakota ways and relies on his ancestors to help heal Cassie's emotional and physical scars.
Riveaux. Alex changes his name to Rivers so as to completely escape his true identity. His father is an abusive gambler and alcoholic and one night, Alex confronts him and beats him violently. Alex leaves town after that incident and years later learns of his father's death. Alex feels no regret and only has shame for his upbringing, which he hides from his adoring public. But he cannot escape the pattern of abuse and shortly after marrying Cassie, he begins to emotionally, verbally and physically abuse her too.
Jodi Picoult vividly describes the pain both Alex and Cassie suffer - Alex as the abuser and Cassie as the victim. Neither seem capable to ending the cycle because they love each other but once Cassie discovers she is pregnant, she realizes that she must take a stand to protect her unborn child.
|In "The Pact", high school sweethearts Chris and Emily decide to commit suicide together, but only Emily dies. Why?||The Works of Jodi Picoult
Chris faints before he can fire the gun. This story has an intricate plot surrounding the death of a teenage girl - is it suicide or murder? Emily's boyfriend Chris witnesses her death and even tries to help her complete her own suicide, but Chris never has any intention of killing himself too. Chris stands trial for her murder but is eventually acquitted. Families are torn apart in this story and the question of why Emily ultimately wanted to die remains a mystery for those who loved her.
|In "Harvesting the Heart", Paige seeks her mother who abandoned her when she was a child. Where does Paige finally find her mom?||The Works of Jodi Picoult
running a horse ranch. Paige's mother, Astrid, always had a touch of wanderlust and although she very much loves Paige's father, she can't stay in one place forever. Paige hires a detective who tracks Astrid to a horse ranch in the South. Paige is reunited with her and stays with her for a few weeks, renewing their bond together and helping Paige understand who she is.
Paige eventually decides to leave her mother and return to her family in Boston, but her husband Nicholas is unforgiving and refuses to let Paige back into his and their son's life.
leukemia. Kate is diagnosed when she is very young and her parents decide to have another child (Anna) who can be used as a blood and bone marrow donor for her older sister. In "My Sister's Keeper" Anna actually sues her parents for medical emancipation so that she doesn't have to be a medical guinea pig anymore.
|At the end of the novel there is an epilogue, which takes place eight years after the rest of the book in the year 2010. As the narrator, Kate describes what happened to various characters who appeared during the novel; what career does she say Jesse chose?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Policeman. Initially the transplant which Kate receives when Anna dies makes her very sick and it does seem like the transplant may have failed, but then she begins to take the long road towards recovery. As narrator of the epilogue, Kate reveals that she has not had a relapse in eight years. As well as this she tells the reader how after Anna's death, Brain started to drink heavily and that he had to claw his way out of the bottle. Jesse straightened his life out and graduated from police academy and after a year he got a citation from the major for his role in a drugs bust and Kate herself is working as a dance teacher. She also reveals that Campbell and Julia got married but that the Fitzgeralds no longer have anything to do with them because it was too hard.
|The book begins with a prologue which is one of only two segments of the book which doesn't reveal who the speaker is. The second is narrated by Sara which can be gathered through reading the passage; the prologue is a little trickier but it is revealed. Which of the book's characters is the prologue's narrator?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Kate . The prologue is written in a way to make the reader believe it is Anna but it is later revealed to be Kate. It is because Anna exists that Kate continues to live and Kate doesn't want to continue living in the way that she is. In the prologue, Kate describes her memory of being three years old and trying to kill her sister and how she often thought of the ways she could do it. She then says that she did not kill her sister, that her sister did it herself - that is what Kate tells herself.
The prologue and epilogue are the only segments of the book which Kate narrates.
|Towards the end of the novel, Anna is given the medical emancipation from her parents and Campbell is given medical power of attorney for her until she turns eighteen. However, in a twist of fate, Anna is involved in a car accident along with Campbell just after this verdict is given. Campbell is not seriously injured but Anna is left brain dead with a respirator keeping her breathing. After her organs are harvested for donation, including her kidney for Kate, it is decided that Anna's respirator must be turned off. Who switches off the machine?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Brian. Just before the accident occurs Campbell and Anna are talking in his car. She mentions that during the trial he said that she'll be amazing in ten years time and she wants to know whether or not he actually believes that. Anna then goes on to describe all the things she's wanted to be growing up before mentioning the only constant. In ten years time, she wants to be Kate's sister.
As a firefighter Brian is called out to the accident which ultimately causes Anna's death, just as it is Brain who switches off the machines which were keeping her alive. While he does this Sara has her hand on Anna's chest, rubbing the skin in small circles. As he has power of attorney over Anna's medical decisions it is Campbell who makes the decision for Anna's organs to be used for donation.
|During the trial Anna talks about how it wasn't entirely her decision to hire Campbell. For the first time she reveals that Kate had thought about killing herself but stopped because she knew that killing herself would mean killing her mother as well. Anna tells the court that she doesn't want Kate to die but that she knows that Kate doesn't want to carry on living the way she is. Campbell then asks Anna whether or not she told her sister about her plan to stop being a donor and when Anna confirms she did, Campbell asks what Kate's response was. What was Kate's response?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Thanks. In the court room, Anna reveals to the courtroom that she was convinced by someone to file the lawsuit in order to emancipate herself medically from her parents. When pressed further she reveals it to be Kate. She later corrects herself to say that Kate did not ask her to file the lawsuit but that she asks Anna to kill her. Campbell then asks her whether or not she loves her sister to which Anna replies 'of course'. She tells the court that she believed this to be what Kate wanted but that it was also what she wanted. After further questioning on the subject, Anna reveals that after she told Kate she thanked her.
|Because of Kate's treatment in hospital, the family gets to know the various members of staff who work there because the staff start to take the place of the friends they had before the diagnosis. There is Donna whose daughter is studying to become a vet and there's a male nurse Willie who has a weakness for chocolate. One of the more recurring characters is Kate's doctor; what is his name?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Dr. Chance. Although his name initially puts Sara off, Doctor Harrison Chance is with Kate from the beginning of her treatment. It is Dr. Chance who suggests many of the different treatments which Kate endures throughout the book including the arsenic therapy. In the epilogue, Kate mentions that Dr. Chance doesn't understand how she has gone eight years without a relapse but that he puts it down to a combination of ATRA (all-trans retinoic acid) and arsenic therapy but Kate believes that it is because somebody had to die and that Anna took her place.
|The eldest of the three Fitzgerald siblings is Jesse, Sara and Brian's only son. He is a troubled individual. During the novel, Jesse mets up with a homeless man; what is his name?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Dan. Jesse feels that he has been neglected by his parents because of the attention which they give to Kate because of her illness. Throughout his life, he has been given guilt gifts from them because Kate and Anna were usually given cool things during Kate's medical episodes which would lead Sara and Brain to feeling guilty for not giving him anything. Jesse takes Dan with him when he sets fire to a shed which he believes to be empty. However, once he has set it alight Dan becomes distressed as he tells Jesse that the shed was where Rat lived. Although Jesse initially believed Rat to be a rodent, he soon realises that it is a person who he drags out of the burning building. Brain, a firefighter, later discovers that it is Jesse who is behind a series of fires. Along with being a pyromaniac, Jesse also takes drugs and steals cars.
|Kate and Anna aren't the only pair of sisters in the book who have a special bond. Anna's guardian ad litem Julia has a twin sister, Isobel, who has recently returned to live with her sister. Isobel returns after breaking up with her girlfriend but what is the girlfriend called?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Janet. Isobel, who is also referred to as Izzy returns to live with her sister because Janet breaks up with her after seven years because she decides that she is not gay after all. Isobel is the older of the twins by three minutes but Julia tends to take care of her and deals with everything which is upsetting her, whether it is the teasing of their older brothers or the ending of a relationship. Isobel dislikes Campbell due to the way in which his relationship with Julia ended the first time around.
|Anna hires a lawyer named Campbell Alexander in order to medically emancipate herself from her parents. Throughout the novel, Campbell gives various reasons as to why he has a service dog, named Judge, but what is the truth?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Campbell is epileptic and Judge is a seizure dog. The three incorrect answers which I have supplied were all used by Campbell during the novel as reasons why he has a service dog. It isn't until almost the end of the novel that he does reveal the truth. He only does this because he has a seizure during the trial. After discovering why Campbell needs Judge, Anna asks him whether he took on her case because like her, he knows what it is like not to have control over your body. Campbell agrees to work for Anna pro bono even though he is not usually a charitable man. Anna however, doesn't believe that he can work for free so Campbell suggests that she polish his doorknobs for him. Throughout the novel there is a subplot concerning Campbell and a previous girlfriend of his Julia Romano who is Anna's guardian ad litem which mean she has been appointed to represent the best interests of the child, in this case Anna. Julia and Campbell had a relationship prior to the book's plot and by the end have resumed their relationship.
|While receiving platelets through an IV during outpatient treatment, Kate meets a fellow leukemia sufferer whom she has a relationship with, including going to a hospital prom. What is his name? ||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
Taylor. Kate was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia at the age of two. The first sign of this is a bruise which sits between her shoulder blades. She initially shakes her head when asked whether it hurts but when her older brother, Jesse, presses his thumb against it, Kate howls in response. The morning after this happens, Kate sleeps longer than normal which leads Sara, her mother, to think about how her daughter has been tired lately although she puts it down to her being sniffly. Then when waking her daughter, she notices a string of bruises trailing down her spine. Sara takes Kate to a pediatrician thinking her daughter is anemic but after he gives her a blood test, they are sent to the oncology ward at the hospital for further tests. After further blood tests she is shown to have leukemia. Kate is constantly in and out of hospital after this causing her attention which she doesn't enjoy. She meets Taylor at the age of fourteen but he sadly passes away after they go to the hospital's prom for sick children together. Kate isn't told of his death for a month afterwards.
|The youngest member of the Fitzgerald family is thirteen-year-old Anna. She was conceived via IVF and was genetically engineered in order to be a match for her older sister who has leukemia. Anna's name was chosen by her father Brian but why?||Jodi Picoult's 'My Sister's Keeper'
He loves astronomy and names her after the Andromeda Galaxy. Anna's first donation to her sister was cord blood from her umbilical cord. She later had to donate both blood and bone marrow before at age thirteen being expected to donate her kidney to her now sixteen-year-old sister, whose own kidneys were failing. Anna and her family know that without a transplant Kate will die. However, Anna hires a lawyer in order to become medically emancipated from her parents so that she can make the decision of whether or not to donate her kidney. Anna and Kate have an extremely close bond and are the best of friends but because of her commitments to Kate, Anna has had to give up doing the things she enjoys such as playing hockey.
Ellie. Ellie has had a hard time getting pregnant so it was really difficult for her to defend Katie. She has just started dating Coop so she didn't think she would get pregnant and is shocked when Katie tells her that she thinks that she is pregnant and not just sick.
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No. Katie and Adam decide that they could never be together as a couple because neither could ask the other to leave their life behind. Katie stays with her family and Adam goes back to Scotland. After Adam leaves, Samuel tells Katie that he will wait for her until she is ready to marry him.
Katie's mother killed him.. Although Ellie says that the cause of death was due to his being infected with listeriosis, he was really murdered by Katie's mother. At the end of the book, she gives Ellie the scissors used to cut the baby's cord and tells her that she couldn't bear the loss of another child being shunned by her husband so she killed the baby.
She is placed under house arrest for a year.. Katie takes a plea bargain from the prosecutor for two years to five but the judge feels that the Amish community has already suffered enough from this incident and gives Katie a year on house arrest. Even though Katie didn't kill her baby, she feels that it's better to accept a punishment so she can move on with her life. That is the way it is done in the Amish community.
Because her parents won't accept responsibility for her.. Ellie volunteers to look after Katie after her parents refuse to accept responsibility for her. Her father is ashamed by her actions and the spotlight that she is putting on the Amish community. She also feels some responsibility towards Katie because they are distant relatives.
Ellie has a hard time living on the Amish farm in the beginning because she is from the city.
He is a paranormal investigator.. When Katie meets Adam, he has just got his Ph.D. from Penn State in parapsychology. Katie is interested in this field because she often sees the ghost of her sister who died a few years ago. Adam received his Master's degree from M.I.T. in Physics but he doesn't do anything in that field.
Penn State. Jacob goes to Penn State in State College. Jacob is an English major who had to choose between furthering his education or his family. When Jacob decides to go to college, he is shunned by the Church. Katie's mother doesn't want to go against her husband so she secretly sends Katie to visit Jacob to make sure that he is doing okay.
Adam. Jacob is Katie's brother. He rents out an apartment from Adam and while Katie is visiting Jacob, she meets Adam and starts a secret romance with him.
Katie is also dating Samuel, a Amish man who works for her father. He is very upset when he realizes that Katie cheated on him but forgives her in the end.
No. Katie is adamant in her belief that she did not have a baby. No-one in her family knew she was pregnant so when the dead baby was found in her family's barn, no one suspected her.
She's Amish.. Katie is devout Amish so it's surprising that the state of Pennsylvania is charging her with murder. The Amish are known to be peaceful people who stick to themselves and would never cause harm to another.
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Macdonald. The two decided to go on a weekend of fantasy and fun far away from Weelock. They wanted to get away from the stress of the trial and such. Mia writes the fake names in after Cam pretends to the managers that they are newlyweds.