Challenging, but not in ways you’d expect. The science is clearly detailed and written in layman’s language. Unexpectedly, that’s not the challenging part. What’s challenging is the Lacks family themselves: their love and anger, their richness in spirit though impoverished in worldly things. I was especially impressed by Deborah Lacks’, Henrietta Lacks’ younger daughter, endlessly inquisitive nature.
Though not, seemingly, a religious woman herself, author Rebecca Skloot portrays the Lacks’ faith with honesty, wit, and warmth. A triumph of science and spirit, Immortal Life also asks, without answering, to what extent do we own our own flesh? I’d like to see Rebecca Skloot explore bioethics even more deeply in a future book.