Wish You Were Here

by Jodi Picoult

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Feel-Good Fiction Star Books Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of Wish You Were Here

We declare this a must-read. Striking, eloquent, and thought-provoking, this story charts a relationship during the early months of the pandemic.

This emotionally intelligent and perceptive novel is hand-on-heart gorgeous. Diana finds herself alone in the Galapagos during the early months of the pandemic while her surgeon boyfriend is back in New York. This is Jodi Picoult at her best, what seems like a simple tale is full of richly beautiful and provocative imaginings. The natural world, our world, sings with celebration. The torment of the pandemic echoes with heartbreak. Relationships, love, awareness of self, the focus is intimate and penetrating and yet feels immense and inclusive to all. I experienced a meaningful connection with the characters and plot, as though I was a part of this story somewhere in the world. And though I had that awareness, the author has the magical ability to open your thoughts and then send them in an entirely unexpected and breathtaking direction. I absolutely adored this book and felt as though it had been written just for me, and yet also for everyone. It connects us all in a time of uncertainty and fear. In a welcoming arms-open-wide hug, the Author’s Note from March 2021 explains her writing story during Covid-19. Charting the raw immeasurable pain of the pandemic, and yet also administering hope and love, Wish You Were Here sits as a LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month. 

Liz Robinson

Wish You Were Here Synopsis

Contains an exclusive short story from Jodi Picoult featuring the main character, Diana, available in the first print run only. Pre-order now to guarantee your copy!

Diana O'Toole's life is going perfectly to plan. At twenty-nine, she's up for promotion to her dream job as an art specialist at Sotheby's and she's about to fly to the Galápagos where she's convinced her surgeon boyfriend, Finn, is going to propose.

But then the virus hits New York City and Finn breaks the news: the hospital needs him, he has to stay. But you should still go, he insists. And reluctantly, she agrees.

Once she's in the Galápagos, the world shuts down around her, leaving Diana stranded - albeit in paradise. Completely isolated, with only intermittent news from the outside world, Diana finds herself examining everything that has brought her to this point and wondering if there's a better way to live.

But not everything is as it seems . . .

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781473692503
Publication date: 25th November 2021
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Feel-Good Fiction
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Jodi Picoult Press Reviews

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

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

There are writers who try and do what Picoult does, and then there's Picoult - Marie Claire

Taps into the trauma and uncertainty of 2020's global crisis. Absolutely a must-read - Booklist

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781473692510
Publication date: 30/11/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781473692503
Publication date: 25/11/2021
Format: Hardback

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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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