A life hanging
in the balance—a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author
Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and
In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it
knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away.
Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans
aren’t so lucky.
Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has
written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them
for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics
better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally
giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six
years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward
understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his
domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke
has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.
Suddenly everything changes, and Edward must return home
to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide
their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What
secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives
inform their need to let their father die—or to try to keep him alive? What
would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the
face of guilt, pain, or both? Most importantly, to what extent have they all
forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the
others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?
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