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Publisher Description

When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated—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, “Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance” (Stephen King).

Every expectant parent will tell you that they don’t want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they’d been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of “luckier” parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it’s all worth it because Willow is, funny as it seems, perfect. She’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 Willow’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.

Fiction & Literature
March 3
Atria Books

Customer Reviews

Dmh<3 ,

Heartbreakingly amazing

There were so many moments I found myself having to put this one down to gather myself. As always, Picoult, portrays each characters emotions, thoughts, and actions so vividly. Picoult is one of my favorite authors and this book is in my top 10 hands down. I encourage you to give it a read!

Bunmom88 ,

My favorite

This book is probably my favorite. The twist the turns and the pain. How far would you go to do what needed to be done for your child when it means destroying relationships. The ending left me stunned and mad. I was at work and finished and started fussing and the coworker asked what happened. I told her I just couldn’t believe what had happened. I can never anticipate the endings but this one left me stunned.

Ooollalaa ,

A must read.

Completely captivating in all aspects. Truly heart-wrenching. Tear jerking at it's finest.

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