Monday, September 29, 2008

Favorite Thing #72 - Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Another favorite by Jodi Picoult - Change of Heart is her newest release and as always is a book I couldn't put down. She writes the book again from different character's perspectives which i love but in this book the switches were sudden so it took some getting used to. This book touches on several morality issues that will definitely get you thinking. And a warning for my friend Lisa - this book will probably make you cry.

Other bloggers that loved the book as well - muzbeecrazy, Rockin' Teen Reads, vagabondprofessor

...and others that didn't Nerd.Again.

Here's a summary from "Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival—an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book."


Anonymous said...

If it helps, I otherwise LOVE Jodi Picoult and the majority of her books. I met her at a reading last year and it was fabulous.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the heads up... note to self: don't read this one in public.

KT said...

I read this book when it came out and like all of her others it was great. She is such a thought provoking author. She did a reading last year where I live and it sold out!


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