Monday, January 27, 2014

Art Imitates Life

I will start off by saying this book covers some very difficult topics - but it made me think and want to discuss it with people and frankly, two weeks after I finished reading it, the exact same topic was in the newspaper. So even though it is difficult I think it is worth reading and discussing Priscille Sibley's novel The Promise of Stardust.

You are brought into the dilemma right away - Elle is brought to the hospital after a fall from a ladder. Her husband, Matt, a neurosurgeon at the hospital is notified and consents to emergency surgery. Unfortunately the surgery was not successful and Elle is considered brain-dead. Elle had made it clear that she never wanted to be kept alive by heroic measures so there really shouldn't be an issue. Except blood tests reveal that Elle is currently pregnant. And Matt wants to fight to keep her body sustained long enough to have the child.
This battle, which is what it turns into, is eerily familiar to the case that is playing out in Texas right now. I will put out there that I did have some problems with the writing style of this novel and the author does at times brow-beat the reader with this ethical dilemma. But I can't stop thinking about the characters and the choices they make, and a book that haunts you in that way is always worth reading.
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