The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald

Will Marion is a single father with two sixteen year old daughters. His wife abandoned him and their three year old daughters and took off with her long time lover. They haven’t heard from her since, and Will has been doing everything he could to take care of the them. Even if it meant he had to give up his dreams, even if it meant that he had to give up life as he knew it. His world revolved around his daughters, Georgia and Kay.

Kay was sweet, mild tempered, a smiling happy baby, who stayed that way. Georgia had been angry, bad tempered as soon as she was born, and she stayed that way. Constantly challenging her dad, dreaming of her mother, and generally being angry.

Just after their sixteenth birthday, both girls are diagnosed with failing kidneys. They need transplants to save their life. Will can donate a kidney, but he can donate just one. Will puts in all his savings to trace his runaway wife to see if she could donate a kidney only to find out that over 15 years of drug abuse has left her organs unusable.

Now Will has to decide which of his girls would get his kidney – the angelic Kay or the angry Georgia. How can a parent ever decide between two of their children

What does he finally do? You’ll have to read it to find out.

It was a book I just could not put down. Fast paced, shocking, and makes you wish and wish that somehow miraculously everything works out. If you enjoy Jodi Picoults books, then you will enjoy this as well. I loved the book and would rate it a 4/5.

 

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18 thoughts on “The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald

  1. That’s a horrible choice for a father to make!! The initial part of the story reminded me of another book I read a long time ago, called ‘Daddy’ where the father raised the family when the mother left with a boy friend.

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  2. Somehow I do not want to know the end, knowing what a difficult choice it is, and the fact that it has to be a fairy tale to end happily. I do love fairy tales, but somehow do not see this one becoming one πŸ™‚ Still will keep it in mind.
    Liked the way you built it up too, for us πŸ™‚

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  3. Pingback: Book Review: The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald | Any Excuse To Read

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