Handle with Care: A Novel
When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastatedâ€”she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, â€œPicoult writes with unassuming brillianceâ€ (Stephen King).
Every expectant parent will tell you that they donâ€™t want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean Oâ€™Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if theyâ€™d been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of â€œluckierâ€ parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But itâ€™s all worth it because Willow is, funny as it seems, perfect. Sheâ€™s smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.
Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte had known earlier of Willowâ€™s illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.