Waiting on Wednesday–Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

If you’ve been following my blog and/or my Waiting on Wednesday posts then you know that I’ve been on a major contemps/realistic fiction kick.  I can’t get enough lately!  I’m keeping up the streak this week with a book that I’ve only just recently learned about and am greatly anticipating its release.  I haven’t read any reviews for this debut novel, but the summary has completely captured my interest and I’m sure many of my students will be interested as well.

Title & Author: Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert

Release Date: October 8, 2011

Publisher: Flux

Summary (From Goodreads):

A poetic, moving story about a teen who must make an unimaginable choice

Mom has slowly been losing herself to MS. After traditional treatment fails, she takes bee sting therapy, administered by Lily, to alleviate her pain. Lily is trained as a veterinary assistant, so she can easily handle the treatments. What she can’t handle is what happens when the bee sting therapy fails and it becomes clear that Mom wants to die.

One beautiful spring day, Lily’s mother asks her for the most impossible thing of all—mercy. They live in Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act allows a patient to make the decision to end their own life.

While navigating first love, friendship, and the other normal worries faced by high school sophomores, Lily also has to choose: grant Mom’s request, or cling to Mom’s fading life for all it’s worth.


  1. Wow….that looks heavy. Definitely one to read with a box of tissues nearby. Hadn’t heard of it before, so thanks for the heads up!

    My WoW

  2. I’ve been loving contemporary books lately too. This one sounds very sad and I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

  3. This is on my TBR pile too! Great pick, thanks for sharing.

    WoW-Book Addict

  4. This book sounds amazing. I know I’m going to need at least a box of tissues by my side as I read it. Here’s mine:
    Have a great week!

  5. What a powerful sounding book!

  6. Interesting choice. This definitely sounds like an emotionally charged read. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker

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