Jodi Picoult's new book Lone Wolf explores the agonizing medical decisions families have to make when someone they love is in a coma and may never recover.
She centres her story in a broken family. Luke Warren, a famous wolf researcher, is comatose in hospital. His daughter Cara, 17, his estranged son Edward, 23 and his ex-wife are left to make decisions about his care, though they scarcely can get on with each other when there is no trouble to deal with.
In Lone Wolf, she explores the medical ethics around when to turn off life support and issues involving organ donation.
Picoult often chooses themes that seem ripped from the headlines — date rape in The Tenth Circle, school shootings in Nineteen Minutes, the death penalty in Change of Heart and lesbian mothers in Sing You Home.
In an interview with Radio-Canada's Kevin Sweet, she discusses how shifting her point of view between characters helps her tell all sides of a story.
The New Hampshire-based writer also talks about what keeps her up at night and why the label "women's fiction" often given to her bestselling novels is a misnomer