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Jodi Picoult - Author

About the Author

Jodi Picoult was our Guest Editor in January 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Author Photograph © Deborah Feingold

Featured books by Jodi Picoult

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

Luke Warren would sleep in the dirt if it meant he could be under the stars. He lives by the laws of nature, and would surely want to die that way. But Luke is in a coma, and his family must make an unbearable decision. As tensions and secrets rise to the surface, the tragic accident which brought them back together against the odds could well tear Luke's family apart forever. They know Luke would not want to live like this. But how can they choose to let him die?

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Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2012

When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident which leaves him in a coma, his family are gathered together against the odds; they face an impossible dilemma. His daughter Cara is praying for a miracle: she will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life. His son Edward can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life. But Edward hasn't spoken to Luke for six years. How can he dare to speak on his father's behalf? Somehow, they must choose: Do they keep Luke alive? Or do they let him go?

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Other books by Jodi Picoult

Change of Heart

Change of Heart

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2019

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'True to form, Picoult keeps you guessing to the end in this morality tale . . . an edge-of-your-seat thriller' Sunday Express With one terrible, senseless act, Shay Bourne transformed the life of the Nealon family forever, leaving June Nealon widowed and alone to care for her daughter Claire. Now, as he sits on death row, Shay has one final request. He wishes to donate his heart to Claire and save the young girl's life. To June, accepting such an offer would mean allowing Shay to stay with them forever. But refusing means risking the life of the only person she has left. From internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes this brilliantly thought-provoking novel, beautifully written and impossible to put down.

A Spark of Light THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A Spark of Light THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A writer the world needs to be reading right now' The Independent 'An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision.' Red 'Incredibly compelling and page turning' Dolly Alderton 'A very special novel about a very difficult subject.' Grazia 'Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios' The Sunday Times A lone gunman takes the women and doctors at a controversial abortion clinic hostage. Nobody has ended up there by choice. As the tense negotiation for their release unfolds, hour by crucial hour, back in time through the day that brought the hostages and their captor to this moment, every certainty is questioned, every judgement thrown into sharp relief. Because matters of life and death look very different when you, or the ones you love, are staring down the barrel of a gun . . . Powerful, thought-provoking and deeply involving, Jodi Picoult's new novel is told in reverse, propelling the reader through intertwining characters and uncovering motives in this unflinching exploration of what makes a life.

Plain Truth

Plain Truth

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2019

THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong.' Washington Post Katie Fisher is Amish. For eighteen years, she has grown up in a community set apart from the modern world by lifestyle and belief. It is a community fiercely protective of its way of life. To turn your back on it is to lose everything - your church, your home, and your family. So in the middle of the night when the baby comes, Katie does the only thing she knows how to do in times of stress: she prays. Exhausted, she falls asleep. When she wakes, the child is gone. Her prayer has been answered. But faith alone cannot help when the baby's body is found.

A Spark of Light THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A Spark of Light THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2018

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A writer the world needs to be reading right now' The Independent 'An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision.' Red 'A very special novel about a very difficult subject.' Grazia 'Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios' The Sunday Times The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice. Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder. Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage. Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people - the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment - to this point. And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.

House Rules

House Rules

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2017

The astonishing novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy with autism falsely accused of murder. When your son can't look you in the eye...does that mean he's guilty? Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's Syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subjectforensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right. But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob's mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Mermaid

Mermaid

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2017

Theres always more beneath the surface.Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.Today, shes married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanishechoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses theres something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoults Mermaid is a spellbinding short story about the sacrifice it takes to swim again.

Small Great Things The bestselling novel you won't want to miss

Small Great Things The bestselling novel you won't want to miss

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

'It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes' Financial Times When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not. Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.

Handle with Care

Handle with Care

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2016

When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastatedshe will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, ';Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance' (Stephen King). Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of ';luckier' parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health. Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte had known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life? Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care is an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

Bis ans Ende aller Tage

Bis ans Ende aller Tage

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

Die Golds und die Hartes sind Nachbarn in einer wohlhabenden Stadt in New Hampshire und seit vielen Jahren eng befreundet. Ihre Kinder Chris und Emily wachsen miteinander auf. Von Kindesbeinen an sind sie unzertrennlich, bis sich diese innige Freundschaft in der Highschool in eine romantische Liebe verwandelt. Die Eltern sind zufrieden, da sie mit dieser Verbindung gerechnet haben. Doch dann bricht eine vollig unerwartete Tragodie uber sie herein, die das Gluck von Chris und Emily zerstort ...

Small Great Things

Small Great Things

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner fromJodi Picoult.SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE ';[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.'Booklist (starred review) Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her familyespecially her teenage sonas the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about othersand themselvesmight be wrong. With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassionand doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.Praise for Small Great Things';Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.'The Washington Post ';A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down.'San Francisco Book Review

Die Wahrheit der letzten Stunde

Die Wahrheit der letzten Stunde

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2016

Die Ehe von Mariah und Colin White ist gescheitert. Ihre siebenjahrige Tochter Faith reagiert zunachst mit Schweigen, beginnt aber bald mit einer unsichtbaren Beschutzerin zu reden. Als Faith ubersinnliche Fahigkeiten entwickelt, geraten Mutter und Tochter ins Zentrum eines aufdringlichen Medieninteresses. Nur Ian kommt ihnen zur Hilfe, ein gewiefter Reporter, der sich jedoch Hals uber Kopf in Mariah verliebt, was die Dinge nicht einfacher macht ... Eine meisterhaft erzahlte Geschichte uber Wahrheit und Zweifel.

Shine

Shine

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2016

Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this ebook original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things. In Shine, the master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and The Storyteller introduces readers to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers only see the colour of her skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herself-in hopes that someday, someone will see her for who she really is. This original SHORT STORY by Jodi Picoult includes a sneak peek of her forthcoming novel Small Great Things.

Shine (Short Story)

Shine (Short Story)

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2016

Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this ebook original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things. In ';Shine,' the master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and My Sister's Keeper introduces readers to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers only see her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herselfin hopes that someday, someone will see her for who she really is. Includes a preview of Jodi Picoult's highly anticipated new novel, Small Great Things! Praise for Jodi Picoult ';Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.'Stephen King ';It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.'Financial Times ';Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.'The Boston Globe ';Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.'Associated Press