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Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Vanishing Acts

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I cannot recommend this author highly enough. She always tackles nutty social issues, high emotional topics but refrains from being overly sentimental. She lets the power of the plot speak for itself. This involves the kidnapping of a daughter from her mother by her father 28 years previously. The police have just caught up with him. The story unfolds in sections with each having a chapter from the view point of a different character. The result is remarkable.

Similar this month: Elizabeth Berg, Rachel Hore.
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Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and her own Search and Rescue bloodhound - which she uses to find missing persons. But as she plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can`t recall. Then a policeman shows up at her door, arresting her father for the kidnap of a little girl. And Delia`s past and present fracture into little pieces.

VANISHING ACTS is a book about the very nature and power of memory. It explores what happens when the past we have been running from catches up to us, and questions who we trust to tell us the story of our lives before we are capable of remembering it ourselves.


Picoult takes a red-hot topic and turns it into a gripping and thought-provoking novel Woman & Home The punch of a populist thriller Elle Enthralling Heat

About the Author

Jodi Picoult

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

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20th March 2008


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Hodder & Stoughton General Division


Paperback (b Format)
432 pages


Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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