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Change of Heart

by Jodi Picoult

One day June Nealon was happily anticipating a lifetime of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. Waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens one day that changes everything for him. Now he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June’s twelve-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate, if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true, if it meant granting your enemy’s dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerises and enthralls readers with a story of justice, love and redemption.


“You’ll be tempted to race through Picoult’s latest, but don’t. Savor the story and all the complex moral issues it raises. The story takes many surprising twists and turns, and the last sentence is a shocker.”  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Change of Heart is hands down Jodi Picoult’s most thought-provoking novel to date. You may not believe in the death penalty, or you may scoff at religion, but you cannot deny the astonishing power this story holds. It will force you to look at the issues from all sides. Tough and gritty, yet poignant, I defy anyone to get through this book without crying — at least half a dozen times. That’s how emotionally compelling it is.”

“Picoult exudes a woman’s way of knowing, which may explain how her books manage to be disturbing and comforting in the same breath… Picoult has the answers, but true to life, they are not easily arrived at.”  NY Daily News

“Picoult’s loyal fans will find Change of Heart true to form, an emotion-laden read with characters who are honest and complicated…The question of what we believe and why never gets old.”  Associated Press

“Noted for her heart-wrenching stories and the complicated humanity of her characters, Picoult continues her successful foray into fiction with Change of Heart. This novel is another success for Picoult, who tackles the most complicated personal and political issues with compassion and clarity. “  Library Journal

“Picoult presents her fifteenth shrewd and dynamic novel, a compulsively readable saga and dramatic critique of capital punishment. Picoult’s bold story of loss, justice, redemption and faith reminds us how tragically truth can be concealed and denied.”  Booklist

“Another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner. 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…An impressive book.”  Publisher’s Weekly

“[A] blockbuster-to-be… breathless momentum.”  Kirkus Reviews



Book Club Notes
01 April, 2008

About Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, the last eight debuting at number one on The New York Times bestseller list. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.


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