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Nineteen Minutes

by Jodi Picoult

Intricately textured and rich with psychological and social insight, Jodi Picoult’s novels grab readers by the throat from page one and never let go. As emotionally charged as any she has written, Nineteen Minutes is one of her most powerful works to date.

Set in a small town in the wake of a horrific school shooting, Nineteen Minutes features the return of two beloved Picoult characters – Jordan McAfee, the lawyer from The Pact and Salem Falls, who once again finds himself representing a boy who desperately needs someone on his side; and Patrick Ducharme, the intrepid detective introduced in Perfect Match, whose best witness is the daughter of the superior court judge assigned to the case. As the story unfolds, layer after layer is peeled back to reveal some hard-hitting questions about the nature of justice, the balance of power and what it means to be different.

Nineteen Minutes is a riveting, thought-provoking tale with a jaw-dropping finale.


“Superb, many-stranded, and grimly topical…Picoult binds together precarious alliances with sensitivity, giving depth to characters without losing pace. Inhabited by contradictory, flawed individuals, this intelligent novel draws suspense, moral complexity, and a stunning final twist.”  Financial Times

“Bestselling author Jodi Picoult has done it again, with the gripping novel about a shooting incident … This Summer’s best page-turner.” She(UK)

“A grim subject, but Picoult is a best-seller for good reason – tight plots and a style that reads easily, but is never glib. ”  Marie Claire UK

“Picoult, once again, grabs a razor-sharp issue and uses her brilliantly intricate pen to expose all the shades of grey with PERFECTION. ”  Cosmopolitan UK

“Her addictive prose hooks you … she also has an uncanny talent for capturing the complex details of human interaction. … her mission: to keep readers on the treacherous edge of making their own minds up. ”  Good Housekeeping UK

“…absorbing and expertly made. On one level, it’s a thriller, complete with dismaying carnage, urgent discoveries and 11th-hour revelations, but it also asks serious moral questions about the relationship between the weak and the strong, questions that provide what school people call ‘teachable moments.’ If compassion can be taught, Picoult may be just the one to teach it. ”  Washington Post

“ …a provocative cautionary tale that should hit close to home for every community…. (It) is less a narrative about a horrific event than an insightful deconstruction of youthful alienation, of the shattering repercussions of bullying, and the disturbing effects of benign neglect.”  Boston Globe

“Picoult paints a troubling portrait of families and kids, especially the bullies and the bullied…(the book’s) ordinariness gives it surprising power. This could be your community, your neighbor, your family.”  USA Today

“… vintage Picoult, expertly crafted, thought-provoking, and compelling.”  Entertainment Weekly

“…a brilliantly told tale – one that dares to remind us that someone loved the killer too.”  CRITICS CHOICE, People Magazine

“Bestseller Picoult takes on another contemporary hot-button issue in her brilliantly told new thriller…the author’s insights into her characters’ deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive.”  Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review


Book Club Notes
01 April, 2007

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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