This morning I finished reading “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult. This is the third Jodi Picoult book I’ve read recently and I noticed some common themes in her writing. See my posts reviewing “Small Great Things” and “The Storyteller”.
“Lone Wolf” is about a family separated by divorce and circumstance. The father, Luke Warren, is a well-known wolf expert. He became obsessed with living with the wolves, so much so, that he left his family and spent two years living with a wolf pack in the wild. This changed him. Luke struggled to resume life with his human family and to live back in the world he left behind.
Luke and Georgie’s eldest son Edward left the family and the country after telling his mother that he is gay and having an argument with his father. Then there was the divorce and Georgie went on to remarry and have a new family. This leaves their daughter, Cara. With her mother busy with new twins, Cara decides to live with her father Luke and shares him with his beloved wolves who he cares for in captivity.
One night, Luke and Cara are in a serious car accident. Cara drags Luke from the car. She has hurt her shoulder. Luke is in a coma. After being overseas and disconnected from the family for six years, Edward returns home to be with Cara and his mother once he hears of the accident.
Here’s where the story gets controversial. After brain surgery, Luke remains in a vegetative state and the doctors tell the family that the chances of him ever recovering fully are non-existent. The chances of him waking up at all are extremely slim. Cara clings to a sliver of hope and is advocating that he be kept on life-support for as long as possible. Edward, however, believes that Luke would want to be allowed to die and donate his organs.
The story is then about the struggle within the family, the struggle within each family member individually and the court case that they find themselves involved in to decide who becomes Luke’s medical power of attorney.
For me, the courtroom side of this story became a bit laborious and although there were a couple of good twists, the story was quite predictable.
However, like all of Jodi Picoult’s novels, this one got me thinking. What would I choose for a family member in this situation? What would I want for myself? How does God fit into this? This topic is huge.
So if you want to read a book that gives you something for your mind to wrestle with, then this one will do that!
Have you read it? What did you think?