Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when they wed. Now in their late thirties, the deeply devoted couple has everything — except the baby they've always wanted. When a tragic accident leaves Elle brain-dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear losing her, he knows his wife, a thoughtful and adventurous scientist, feared only one thing — a slow death. Just before Matt agrees to remove Elle from life support, the doctors discover that she is pregnant. Now what was once a clear-cut decision becomes an impossible choice. Matt knows how much this child would have meant to Elle. While there is no certainty her body can sustain the pregnancy, he is sure Elle would want the baby to have a chance. Linney, Matt's mother, believes her son is blind with denial. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive by artificial means, no matter what the situation. Divided by the love they share, driven by principle, Matt and Linney fight for what each believes is right, and the result is a disagreement that escalates into a controversial legal battle, ultimately going beyond one family and one single life. This is a thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine.I haven't had a "ten" book in awhile, but this one is definitely a 10/10. I got it from the library at closing time on Monday, finished reading its 400+ pages on Tuesday, and now I'm writing about it. I could not put it down. He's a doctor, she's an astronaut who flew on the Shuttle.
"Once upon a time there was a girl who loved the stars so much she took a ride on a rocket ship..." (p. 399)."Once upon a time" is the last line, and the first line is about an ending.
"Late that night
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. In the author interview at the back of the book, Priscille Sibley talked about writers evoking emotions and admitted yelling at the characters in a novel by Jodi Picoult. She went on to say:
"Whenever a writer can get you to shake your fist at a character's stupidity, cry, or laugh, they've pulled off something great" (pp. 8-9 in the P.S. section).Sibley kept me turning the pages the same way Jodi Picoult does. I was surprised several times by new insights as I got deeper into the story, and I was completely satisfied with how the book ended. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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