Search Results: "Jodi Picoult"


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PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2000

"Despite a provocative and topical premise, and a strong opening, Picoult fails this time, her seventh, to rise above paint-by-numbers formula. (Author tour)"
An uneven reworking of tabloid headlines: a young woman is charged with infanticide, and a hard-boiled attorney agrees to defend her. With one crucial distinction: the defendant is Amish. Read full book review >

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PERFECT MATCH by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Nicely written, but hopelessly contrived and generally unconvincing."
The story of a mother who avenges her child's rape, in this latest from Picoult (Salem Falls, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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KEEPING FAITH by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Her best yet."
A sweetly affirmative portrait of mother-daughter love that explores big questions while also providing a riveting narrative of a custody battle. Read full book review >

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SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"After she sets up a world in which racism thoroughly defines every aspect of character and plot, Picoult's conclusion occurs in a separate fairy-tale world where racism suddenly does not exist, resulting in a rather juvenile portrayal of racial politics in America."
In Picoult's (Leaving Time, 2014, etc.) latest novel, Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse, struggles to survive claims of murdering a patient while keeping her own family intact. Read full book review >

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NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Though all the surface elements are in place, Picoult falters in her exploration of what turns a quiet kid into a murderer."
Picoult's 14th novel (after The Tenth Circle, 2006, etc.) of a school shooting begins with high-voltage excitement, then slows by the middle, never regaining its initial pace or appeal. Read full book review >

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LONE WOLF by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Readers will care less about Luke's prospects for survival than they will about the outcome for his wild companions."
Wolf expert languishes in a coma while his family debates his fate, in Picoult's latest. Read full book review >

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SECOND GLANCE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A balance of suspense and science makes for a memorable ghost tale."
Exploring the dark history of America's eugenics movement, Picoult (Perfect Match, 2002, etc.) sneaks in a ghost story in her eighth outing: a gratifying blend of gothic melodrama and social critique. Read full book review >

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PICTURE PERFECT by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 1995

"A pretentious romance for the '90s that combines up-to-the- minute neuroses and Tinseltown glitz in a formula plot that ought to be foolproof but somehow isn't, despite patches of good writing. (Literary Guild selection)"
Picoult's mediocre third novel (after Harvesting the Heart, 1993) features dysfunctional parents, an abusive spouse, romantic anthropological visits to Africa, and a healing encounter with sensitive Native Americans. Read full book review >

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LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal."
A decade after the disappearance of an elephant researcher, her 13-year-old daughter, a washed-up private detective and a has-been psychic team up to find answers. Read full book review >

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SONGS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"The clichÇ lives, while the characters and the story struggle—and fail—to survive the author's pretensions."
A family crosses the continent to find themselves, which they do on an apple farm in Massachusetts, in one of those too carefully crafted first novels in which literary ambition exacts a toll greater than a minor work can afford. Read full book review >

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THE PACT by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A moving story, mingling elements of mystery with sensitive exploration of a tragic subject. (Author tour)"
In this brooding fourth novel, Picoult (Picture Perfect, 1995, etc.) creates an affecting study of obsession, loss, and some of the more wrenching varieties of guilt. Read full book review >

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HANDLE WITH CARE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

In another issue-driven novel, Picoult (Change of Heart, 2008, etc.) explores the impact of "wrongful birth" litigation on an ordinary New Hampshire family. Read full book review >