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A Spark of Light the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author

by Jodi Picoult

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

A Spark of Light the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author Synopsis

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.

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A Spark of Light the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author Press Reviews

She has delivered a tough yet compassionate read that is guaranteed to spark debate - Irish Independent

A timely, powerful and emotive novel - Sunday Mirror

A second after I read the last page I turned back to the start and read the whole thing again... I loved everything about it: the structure, the characters, the prose... all wonderful. -- Clare Mackintosh A book that will no doubt inspire debate. Jodi has done a marvellous job of writing a novel fraught with tension and difficult situations. Her writing shows that she has done an incredible amount of research... It is a hard hitting novel and difficult topics have been handed incredibly well. - Books and Lovely Things

A special, important and powerful read. Jodi Picoult doesn't play safe - she examines, and pokes and brutally honestly tells us how it really is, and she always stays professional. - On My Bookshelf

Full of topical issues, this is a great book club read - Prima

Jodi Picoult's novels are always thought-provoking and her new one, A Spark of Light, addresses abortion rights. - Good Housekeeping

Picoult's novels are meticulously researched and she never shies away from controversial material. Told in reverse chronological order, each character's story draws the reader in - Women and Home

...this emotionally charged and thought-provoking drama cements Picoult's status as one of the most fearless novelists writing today. A Spark of Light is not only topical, unflinching and utterly compelling, it's also an important read. - Heat

With an intricate backward-weaving structure, a host of compelling voices and her captivating tone, this is a very special novel about a very difficult subject - Grazia

Expertly written... This topical novel presents both sides of the ever-present abortion debate in the form of a harrowing, thought-provoking story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page - The Book Bag

It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes - Financial Times

A writer the world needs to be reading right now - The Independent

An urgent, shocking and human story. -- Daisy Buchanan An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision - Red

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ISBN: 9781444788129
Publication date: 30/10/2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444788129
Publication date: 30th October 2018
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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