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Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for fi ve years, a prodigal
son who left his family after an irreparable fi ght with his father, Luke. Then he gets a
frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that
has also injured his younger sister, Cara. With her father’s chances for recovery
dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate Luke’s
life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge?
To what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?
Lone Wolf explores the notion of family; the love, protection and strength it’s meant
to offer, and what can happen if the hope that should sustain it is the very thing that
pulls it apart. Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild
and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason.
- Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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- ALLEN & UNWIN
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a brilliant read
Lone Wolf is the nineteenth novel by Jodi Picoult. The story starts with the road accident that puts 17-year-old Cara Warren into hospital with a broken shoulder, and her father, Luke, into a vegetative state in the ICU. Luke Warren is a brilliant conservationist and wildlife researcher who has written a book, Lone Wolf about his two years in the Canadian wilderness living with wolves as part of their pack. When his ex-wife, Georgie Ng, is contacted, she reaches out to their estranged son, 24-year-old Edward, who is living in Thailand teaching English. After an argument with Luke six years ago, Edward disappeared from their lives. Now he is back, and he and Cara have to decide whether to let their father die and donate his organs, or keep him alive and hope he will recover. Trouble is, they dont agree on the best course of action. Once again, Picoult uses several voices printed in different fonts to narrate the story. Luke provides, through what seems to be his tattered journal or the well-worn pages of his book, a wealth of fascinating information about wolves and their behaviour, and how this came to be his lifes work. The other family members show how Lukes passion affects everyday family life, often referring to parallels in wolf behaviour and human actions. Picoult creates characters the reader can invest in without feeling short-changed: characters with depth and emotion, secrets and guilt. By using the different voices, she also illustrates different ways that people remember their conversations and interactions with each other. Picoults depth of research is apparent, she gives us a glimpse of what it would be like to be consumed by a passion, and engineers situations that have the reader intrigued and enthralled. There are enough plot twists to keep the ending from being predictable, and some pieces of wolf wisdom that can readily apply to our own lives like The highest-ranking wolf in the pack isnt the one that uses brute force. Its the one who can, and chooses not to. As always, a brilliant read.