My Sister’s Keeper

by: Jodi Picoult


Summary Thursday

Summary: Campbell

On a rainy morning, Campbell wakes up with Julia at his apartment. Campbell thinks about Judge DeSalvo’s decision and echoes what Anna says. No matter if they win or lose, it won’t be over. Julia tells Campbell she hates his apartment.

Summary: Jesse

In the rain, Jesse goes to a soccer field and lies down. He recalls lying down in other storms, hoping to be struck by lightning so he would feel alive.

Summary: Anna

Anna thinks about the rain and how it never really stops moving. She notes that rain goes through a cycle, evaporates like a soul into the clouds, and then like everything else, starts over again.

Summary: Brian

Brian recalls another rainy day, the New Year’s Eve when Anna was born. Brian remembers there were no stars that night. He also remembers his decision to name Anna after Andromeda, a princess in the sky between her mother and father.

Summary: Sara

Sara gives her closing arguments. She has note cards but quickly abandons them. She tells Anna she loves her and says that every day she wonders if she’s doing the right thing. Sara says that even if Anna and Kate don’t agree with her, she wants to be the one who’s right ten years later, when they are all still together. Sara says she knows the lawsuit was never really about donating a kidney but about choice. She also knows that no one ever really makes decisions by themselves. Sara makes an analogy to a burning building. She says that in her life one child has been in a burning building, and her other child has been the only one who knew the way to save her. She acknowledges that she might be risking the one child to save the other, and that it might be unfair, but it’s the only way she can save both children. She doesn’t know if it was legal or moral, but she knows it was right.

Summary: Campbell

In his closing arguments, Campbell says the case isn’t about donating a kidney, but about a thirteen-year-old girl who deserves the chance to figure out who she is going to be. He says ultimately nothing else matters except what Anna thinks. After a short recess, Judge Desalvo returns with a picture of his daughter, who was killed by a drunk driver. He acknowledges that they have entered into a debate about the quality of life versus the sanctity of life. He says the sanctity of Kate’s life has become intertwined with the quality of Anna’s. He admits there is no good answer, because morals are more important than ethics, and love is more important than law. But he decides that only Anna can decide how to treat her body. He declares her medically emancipated and gives Campbell medical power of attorney. Anna and her parents hug.