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While My Sister Sleeps

Barbara Delinsky

Issue led women's fiction in the bestselling vein of Jodi Picoult.

When a woman in her early thirties, oldest of three siblings and an avid runner, has a heart attack that leaves her brain-dead and on life support her family has to make the painful decision of when to pull the plug.

Her mother Kathryn is devasted. An excellent runner herself she had sacrificed her career to marry and have a family, and lived vicariously through Robin her favourite child. She cannot accept the truth of Robin's condition.

Molly, Robin's little sister has grown up in her shadow. But as the family starts to disintigrate she becomes Robin's voice and in doing so finds her own.

Jonathan, Robin's brother is a scientist. Emotionally disconnected and wedded to the facts, he is the first to call for the machines to be switched off. But his marriage is in crisis, and the issues raised around Robin's life or death may bring the emotional breakthrough he needs to save his relationship.

Robin's father lives for his family, and defers to them rather than voicing his own opinion. More than anyone he stuggles with the definition of 'brain-dead' and the religious and moral issues of the right to life.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: Jun 25th, 2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.00in - 5.00in - 0.90in - 0.71lb
  • EAN: 9780007285839
  • Categories: SagasRomance - GeneralWomen
Praise for this book
PRAISE FOR BARBARA DELINSKY'S PREVIOUS NOVELS
"Engrossing reading." --"People
"
""Family Tree" is warm, rich, textured and impossible to put down." --Nora Roberts
"Absorbing, unpredictable storytelling--a winning combination." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
PRAISE FOR" WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS""
""Delinsky's popularity should ensure demand for this engaging exploration of every family's worst nightmare." "
"--"Booklist"
PRAISE FOR BARBARA DELINSKY'S PREVIOUS NOVELS
"Engrossing reading." --"People
"
""Family Tree" is warm, rich, textured and impossible to put down." --Nora Roberts
"Absorbing, unpredictable storytelling--a winning combination." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
PRAISE FOR" WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS""
"From LIBRARY JOURNAL
Molly Snow isn't worried when she gets a phone call notifying her that her sister is in the ER. A world-class runner, 32-year-old Robin Snow has had many injuries, and Molly arrives at the hospital expecting nothing worse than an ankle sprain. But Robin has had a massive heart attack while running, and the prognosis is not good. As the devastated Snow family holds a bedside vigil, they learn things about Robin that alternately surprise and distress them. Graced by characters readers will come to care about, this is that rare book that deserves to have the phrase "impossible to put down" attached to it. Delinsky ("The Secret Between Us") does a wonderful and realistic job portraying family dynamics; the relationship between Molly and Robin, in particular, is spot-on. This touching and heartbreaking novel is highly recommended for public libraries where women's fiction is popular. Readers of Kristin Hannah and Patricia Gaffney will enjoy it.
From BOOKLIST
The Snow family faces a devastating crisis when oldest daughter Robin, a runner training for the Olympics, suffers a catastrophic heart attack. Molly, Robin's younger sister, gets the call from the hospital and is immediately guilt-stricken: she was supposed to accompany Robin on her run. When Molly, her older brother, Chris, and her parents, Kathryn and Charlie, gather at the hospital, they learn that Robin is in a coma and might be brain dead. While Kathryn refuses to believe the worst, Molly reaches out to David, the handsome teacher who found Robin after the heart attack, and tries to determine whether Nick, a charming reporter who once dated Robinbriefly, is truly concerned about the family or just pursuing a big story. The Snows try to come to grips with the reality that Robin might never wake up, and Molly, attempting to discern what Robin would want, stumbles across Robin's diaries and learns some startling family secrets... Delinsky's popularity should ensure demand for this engaging exploration of every family's worst nightmare.
"
"PRAISE FOR BARBARA DELINSKY'S PREVIOUS NOVELS
"Engrossing reading." --"People
"
""Family Tree" is warm, rich, textured and impossible to put down." --Nora Roberts
"Absorbing, unpredictable storytelling--a winning combination." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

"From the Hardcover edition."

"Delinsky is a first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors." --"The Boston Globe
""Delinsky is an engaging writer who knows how to interweave several stories about complex relationships and keeps her books interesting to the end." --"Newark Star-Ledger"
"Delinsky treads the same domestic themes as fellow best-seller Jodi Picoult." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike." --"Times Union" (Albany)
"Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel." --"Cincinnati Inquirer"
"Delinsky uses nuance and detail to draw realistic characters and ensure that emotion is genuine." --"The Providence Journal"
"Delinsky is out there with the Anita Shreves and Elizabeth Bergs, perpetually bestselling authors who wrestle with bigger themes." --"Lexington Herald-Ledger