|Publish Date:||Aug 2008|
|Number of Pages:||425|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.85|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.25 x 1.25|
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.
This intelligent novel gets off to a jerky start, with too many characters appearing in too rapid a succession. Suicidal widower Ross Wakeman might appear as the main character, although we also meet a 102-year-old Native American, an eight-year-old who may be communing with ghosts, and Ross's nephew, who suffers from XP, an ailment that makes sunlight lethal. The narrative revolves around the possibility of contacting the dead, but Ross, among others, can't seem to arrange a meeting with an actual ghost.
Part 1 ends with a satisfying punch when an alluring specter finally materializes, while Part 2 offers a rollicking good ghoul story and whodunit. Finally, the characters coalesce into a coherent group, and the author throws in a nasty bit of Vermont history. Although readers might be frustrated with the opening, the book as a whole will make them glad they persevered. Picoult's memorable visual images and evocative language made Perfect Match a success, and Second Glance will be, too. Public libraries should acquire this multifaceted work.
[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/02.] - Diana McRae, Alameda Cty. Lib., San Lorenzo, CA
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"Sometimes I wonder.... Can a ghost find you, if she wants to?"
An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.
Enter Ross Wakeman, a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He's driven his car off a bridge into a lake. He's been mugged in New York City and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiancÉe's death in a car crash eight years ago.
Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the woman he loves. But in Comtosook, the only discovery Ross can lay claim to is that of Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. Thus begins Jodi Picoult's enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate, and a crime of passion.
Hailed by critics as a "master" storyteller (Washington Post), Picoult once again "pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable"(Denver Post). Second Glance, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history -- Vermont's eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s -- to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us -- literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?
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