Literature and Medicine: Irreplaceable

March 15, 2017 | 5:30-8PM potluck dinner with discussion to follow
Diastole Scholar's Center, 2501 Holmes Rd.

Irreplaceable by Stephen Lovely
If the protagonist of a novel is the central character, or the heart of the story, in Irreplaceable, the protagonist would be Isabel, or more specifically, her heart. Isabel and her husband, Alex, have been happily married for three years. While riding her bicycle, Isabel is struck by a truck and killed. Having signed an organ donor card, her organs are harvested, and her heart is transplanted into Janet. Janet tracks down Isabel's husband. Lovely describes the transplant process with thoroughness. He presents emotions without making them more outsized.