Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult has written 15 pretty amazing books. She tends to deal with uncomfortable topics that make us think.

Picoult was born in New York in 1966. Her childhood was so uneventful that she is supposed to have said on her website that Picoult shouted a bit at her parents for not giving her more interesting material for a writing class. (I wasn't able to find quote, but I didn't search everywhere. That tidbit is in a biography of Picoult in Literature Resource Center.)

Picoult graduated from Princton, worked on Wall Street, went back to school and got a Masters in Education from Harvard, and then taught creative writing. She spends a lot of time being a Mom. A great quote from the Bio in Twenty-First-Century Novelists is "Her novels probe the key idea of what it means to love someone."

These are her novels:

We've read Second Glance in my live-action book group. It's a ghost story about eugenics and ethnic cleansing in the United States. I remember having a difficult time getting into the book to start with, but it turned out to be fabulous, and very troubling.

If you've finished Sister's Keeper, do you think you'll read other books by Picoult?

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