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My Sister’s Keeper
Author Jodi Picoult
Type of Work Novel
Genre Commercial Fiction; Women’s Fiction; Tragedy
Time and Place Written 2004, New Hampshire
Date of first publication January 1, 2004
Publisher Washington Square Press
Narrator Multiple narrators alternate throughout the book. These narrators are Anna,
Jesse, Kate, Brian, and Sara Fitzgerald, Campbell Alexander, and Julia Romano. The
chapters narrated by Sara largely take place in the past, while the rest of the
narration occurs in present day. The prologue and epilogue take place several years
after the main action has occurred.
Point of view Each narrator speaks in first person, allowing the reader to see the world
from each narrator’s point of view.
Tone Each narrator speaks in a different tone. Anna is observant, thoughtful,
and inquisitive. Jesse is sarcastic and angry. Brian is often discursive, wandering
into musings on astronomy. Sara is practical and concise. Campbell is sarcastic and
sometimes regretful. Julia is open and watchful of the characters around her.
Setting (time) The setting alternates between present action and events from the past
Setting (place) Rhode Island
Protagonist Anna Fitzgerald
Major Conflict Anna Fitzgerald files a lawsuit against her parents for medical
emancipation so that she will no longer be forced to act as a donor for her older
sister Kate, who has struggled with cancer almost her entire life.
Rising Action Despite Kate’s failing health and Sara’s insistence that Anna change her
mind, Anna’s lawsuit progresses and the trial begins. After much hesitation, Anna
takes the stand to speak.
Climax Anna admits on the stand that Kate convinced her to file the lawsuit just
as Campbell collapses from an epileptic seizure. Both of these events finally bring
the truth out into the open; the reason Campbell has a service dog and broke up with
Julia, and the reason Anna has decided not to donate a kidney to Kate.
Falling Action Sara, initially disbelieving that her older daughter wants to die,
apologizes to Kate. The court grants Anna the right to choose whether or not to
donate her kidney, and Julia and Campbell reconcile.
Themes The Ambiguous Line Between Right and Wrong, The Bonds of Sisterhood, The
Contrast Between Appearance and Reality
Motifs Campbell’s Explanations for his Dog, Judge; Brian’s Observations on
Astronomy; Family Photographs
Symbols Fire, Stars and Dark Matter, Kate’s Central Line
Foreshadowing The bruise on Kate’s spine, Anna wonders what her funeral would be like,
Brian and his fellow firefighters talk about the arsonist, Anna wonders what heaven
will be like