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Author Spotlight--Jodi Picoult

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a wizard with domestic drama, combining aspects of legal thrillers and suspense novels with frank explorations of relationships within and surrounding families. As a young writer, she feared that her stable, uneventful childhood was a stumbling block to her writing career. She soon realized, however, that the tangles of relationships within her own family could be the driving force behind her novels.

Picoult has authored twelve novels to date, writing and raising a family at the same time. She is married to Tim Van Leer, whom she met as a student at Princeton. Together they have three children and a variety of pets.

Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices (1992)
After a family argument, Jane takes her daughter, Rebecca, and travels across the country to stay with her brother Joley, and Oliver, her oceanographer husband, tries to track her unpredictable path.
Harvesting the Heart (1993)
Abandoned by her own mother at the age of five, Paige finds herself overwhelmed by the responsibility of supporting a young son and her husband, a medical student. By leaving her family behind to search for her mother, Paige acknowledges that her past may hold the answers to her current and future life.
Picture Perfect (1995)
When anthropologist Cassie Barrett is discovered in a graveyard by William Flying Horse, she cannot remember who she is or how she got there. She soon learns, however, that she is the wife of a famous actor who has dark secrets of his own.
Mercy (1996)
Cameron MacDonald is the chief of police, a man who has spent his life guided by duty despite his desire to travel and live recklessly. When his cousin walks into the station carrying the lifeless body of his wife and declaring that he killed her, Cam has no choice but to place him under arrest. The reader soon realizes, however, that this murder is not as simple as it seems.
The Pact (1998)
The budding romance between two teenaged children of two families who have been lifelong friends and neighbors culminates tragically in an abortive suicide pact, leading to a gripping courtroom drama.
Keeping Faith (1999)
Faith, a seven-year-old girl whose family is torn apart by divorce, begins talking to God and performing miracles. Her family enters a media circus of believers, critics, medical professionals, and lawyers as questions of custody and motherhood are raised and answered.
Plain Truth (2000)
The discovery of a dead baby under a pile of old blankets in Aaron Fisher's barn sets off a scandal in Amish country and an investigation that could implicate Fisher's eighteen-year-old daughter.
Salem Falls (2001)
Robbed of his teaching career and reputation by a student's false accusations, Jack St. Bride is struggling to rebuild his life, but fresh accusations of rape by teenage girls from his former school threaten to destroy him once again.
Perfect Match (2002)
Attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters, and she knows firsthand what kind of damage testifying can cause to a young child. When her own five year old son is abused, Nina takes matters into her own hands - with frightening results.
Second Glance (2003)
A man's attempt to sell a piece of land and the resulting Abenaki tribe's protest that it is a sacred burial ground spurs an investigation by ghost hunter Ross Wakeman, who discovers a long-hidden murder haunting a small Vermont town.
My Sister's Keeper (2004)
Anna, thirteen years old, was conceived to be a perfect genetic match for her sister Kate who is dying of leukemia. When Anna makes the decision to seek legal emancipation from her parents so she is no longer forced to undergo invasive medical procedure, the bonds of family are sorely tested.
Vanishing Acts (2005)
Delia Hopkins is a beloved daughter, a fiancé, and a mother to a beautiful little girl. She spends her days with her bloodhound, searching for missing children -- and her nights having frightening flashbacks to her own childhood. When a policeman arrives with a shocking secret, Delia must retrace her own past and accept that her perfect life may not be so perfect, after all.