Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include KEEPING FAITH, THE PACT, and MERCY. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Delia Hopkins was six years old when her father allowed her to be his assistant in the amateur magic act he performed at the local senior center's annual Christmas pageant. "I learned a lot that night," recalls Delia, who is now 32, at the start of Picoult's absorbing new novel (her 12th, after My Sister's Keeper). "That people don't vanish into thin air...." She has come to know this even better as an adult: she makes her living finding missing people with her own search-and-rescue bloodhound. As she prepares for her wedding, however, Delia has a flash of memory that is so vivid yet so wildly out-of-place among the other memories from her idyllic New Hampshire upbringing that she describes it to a childhood friend, who happens to be a reporter. Soon, her whole world and the world of the widowed father she adores is turned upside down. Her marriage to her toddler's father, a loving but still struggling recovering alcoholic, is put on hold as she is forced to conduct a search-and-rescue mission on her own past and identity. It will cut to the heart of what she holds to be true and good. As in previous novels, Picoult creates compelling, three-dimensional characters who tell a story in alternating voices about what it might mean to be a good parent and a good person, to be true to ourselves and those we love. Picoult weaves together plot and characterization in a landscape that is fleshed out in rich, journalistic detail, so that readers will come away with intriguing questions rather than pat answers. Author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'The narrative never slips into straightforwardly familiar territory, and successfully avoids being overly sentimental.' -- Guardian 20050618 Life-shattering secrets come to light in this enthralling tale' -- Heat 20050618 'Picoult takes a red hot topic and turns it into a gripping and thought-provoking novel' -- Woman & Home 20050618 'Approaching each carefully chosen subject with relish, and backed up with meticulous research, [Picoult] creates the kind of satisfying emotional conundrums that have her fans wondering about what they would have done in the exact same circumstances, long after they've turned the final page of her latest novel. At the heart of this enjoyable novel are two gripping questions: how can you manage to be a good parent in difficult circumstances, and what happens when you take action that's morally right but legally wrong.' -- Daily Mail 20050618