Anniversary Spotlight & Contest: Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

jodiIt’s day three of Women’s Fiction week and today we’re spotlighting Jodi Picoult and her October release, Leaving Time.

Jodi Picoult, 47, is the bestselling author of of twenty-one novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995), Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998), Keeping Faith (1999),Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister’s Keeper(2004), Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006) Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Heart (2008),Handle With Care (2009), House Rules (2010), and SING YOU HOME(2011), LONE WOLF (2012) and the YA novel BETWEEN THE LINES (2012) co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer. Her last seven novels, including THE STORYTELLER., her most recent, have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. Realism – and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent – led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher – before entering Harvard to pursue a master’s in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She has also been the recipient an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist, one of ten books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults; the Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year; a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America; Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Fearless Fiction’ Award 2007; Waterstone’s Author of the Year in the UK, a Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, a NH Granite State Book Award, a Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and a Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award. She’s the 2013-14 recipient of the New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit. She wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries. Four – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls – have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a big-screen released from New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring, which is now available in DVD. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Dartmouth College in 2010 and another from the University of New Haven in 2012.

Jodi is part of the Writer’s Council for the National Writing Project, which recognizes the universality of writing as a communicative tool and helps teachers enhance student writing. She is a spokesperson for Positive Tracks/Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, which supports youth-led charity fundraising through athletics; and is on the advisory committee of the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She is also the founder and executive producer of the Trumbull Hall Troupe, a New Hampshire-based teen theater group that performs original musicals to raise money for local charities; to date their contributions have exceeded $80K. She and her husband Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with two Springer spaniels, two rescue puppies, two donkeys, two geese, eight chickens, and the occasional Holstein.

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For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

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21 thoughts on “Anniversary Spotlight & Contest: Jodi Picoult

  1. Evie says:

    I’ve read some of her books and they are great. My favorite is The Pact.
    And I can’t wait to read her new release.

  2. laurie g says:

    thanks so much for the giveaway. i would love to win because i have never read any of her books and would love a chance to change that

  3. Karen H says:

    Jodi is a new-to-me author. After reading about her, her books and her latest book, I just know I’m putting some of her stuff on my books-to-buy list. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  4. erinf1 says:

    I love Jodi’s books!!! They resonate w/ you long after you’re done. I think that My Sister’s Keeper was the first book that actually made me cry. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kristy Petree says:

    The new book sounds great. Have loved her books for a long time. The first one I read was The Pact and the most recent was The Storyteller. Thanks for this giveaway chance. 🙂

  6. Nadene Reynolds says:

    I would love the chance to win one her books. I have the television adaptation one of her books and it left a lasting impression on me.

  7. JoAnne_W says:

    Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

    Since your daughter co-wrote a book with you does she see being a novelist/writer in her future too?

  8. anne says:

    Jodi Picoult’s novels are profound and meaningful. The topics address many memorable issues and topics which are fascinating and unforgettable. I especially enjoyed The Storyteller which resonated with me since it was unique and intriguing for me to read this as I am Jewish and appreciated the dilemma that was posed. This is rare for me to be affected by novels lately but when I find one that is extraordinary it resounds with me greatly.

  9. Jodi is one of those rare authors that evokes such an emotional response from readers. It would really be hard to make a choice of one her backlisted books.

  10. Heather says:

    This sounds like it is going to be a really great book. I may need to buy a new tissue box before beginning. I can’t wait to read it and congratulations on the release Jodi! I can’t wait to read it.

  11. Lynn Griffin says:

    I don’t recall reading any of Jodis books but I think I am going to have to seek some of them out!

  12. Angela says:

    My favorite is “The Storyteller,” a recent read. It was the last book read by my book club before we took our summer break. “Leaving Time” may be our first book when we regroup in the Fall. Thanks for the post.

  13. Amy Wilson says:

    I can always count on Jodi’s books to carry a meaningful message, something that makes me really think. My Sister’s Keeper is probably the one that stands out in my mind.

  14. bn100 says:

    Nice the author’s a spokesperson for Positive Tracks/Children’s Hospital; good to support

  15. Paige Gonzalez says:

    Jodi Picoult is my daughter’s all time favorite author. In fact she had a book signing and my daughter could not go because do school. Her father and I went to the book signing so that she could sign my daughter’s book. Jodi read an excerpt from her book and answered questions afterward. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the reading and question and answer session! Now I love Jodi Picoult too and would love to win a copy of her book! 🙂

  16. Rita Wray says:

    I haven’t read any of Jodi’s books yet. I like the premise of the story and have added it to my read list.

  17. Jane Squires says:

    I have visited your site for sometime now hoping to win one of your books. I review all books I win.

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