Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices

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Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices

Format:  Paperback,

416 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: Oct 2001

ISBN-13: 9780743431019

ISBN-10: 0743431014

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"Sometimes finding your own voice
is a matter of listening to the heart...."
Jodi Picoult's powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment....For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent -- and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Oct 2001
ISBN-13: 9780743431019
ISBN-10: 0743431014
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.69
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.38 x 0.97 x 8.26

About the author

Biography of Picoult, Jodi

Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, and Lone Wolf.

My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her title Between the Lines made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-10-01)

This audio production of New York Times best-selling author Picoult's (www.jodipicoult.com) 1992 debut novel is certainly ambitious. In typical Picoult fashion, the story, about a woman who flees her abusive past with her 15-year-old daughter in tow, is told from several characters' points of view. But the multiple perspectives and shifting time references that work so well for Picoult in print distract in audio format. Still, narrators Jim Colby, Liz Morton, Jonathan Davis, Carol Monda, and Chris Sorenson expertly interpret their parts in this complex family saga. Their performances, coupled with the general demand for Picoult's works, will drive circulation. For Picoult's many fans.

-Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (1992-06-01)

This uniquely constructed first novel, the literary equivalent of counterpoint in music, is told in five voices whose polyphonic development delineates a multifaceted love story on different levels for different individuals. These voices belong to five characters--Jane, who has sacrificed her life to her oceanographer husband's career; her daughter, Rebecca, whom Jane seeks to protect; and three very different men in their lives. As Jane heads east from San Diego with her daughter, having abandoned her husband to his whale tapes, the characters' contrapuntal recollections offer psychological insights into their lives. These insights lead to growth, second chances, and love. Charming and poignant, Picoult's novel is even better after a second reading. For public libraries.

-Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Sometimes finding your own voice

is a matter of listening to the heart....

Jodi Picoult's powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment.... For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent -- and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by Good Reading! Great Book! Good Read! 03/07/2011
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