Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review of Change of Heart

Change of Heart
Jodi Picoult
Atria Books
447 pages

This was my first foray into Jodi Picoult and although it’s not something I would have chosen on my own it was very inspiring and thoughtful and I’m very glad I read it, and it’s the reason I love book clubs because my horizons get widened regularly and I find authors who are new to and become dear to me.
What if you had one chance to save your child but it came at the cost of everything you held in truth and perhaps your soul. Would the cost be too high or would you sacrifice even that to save that one precious life. June Nealon has to ask herself that exact question.
Father Michael has a secret he’s kept for eleven years and it’s about to blow up in his face. Will his faith survive it?
Maggie Bloom knows what it’s like to be the underdog, the one that doesn’t fit in and that’s exactly what makes her so good at what she does. This time as she fights, it’s for a loosing battle and it may be too much for her to bear.
Lucius knows what true love is because he’s known it, and he knows what betrayal is because he’s lived through it, he knows the right road to choose even though he goes the wrong way, he knows what it’s like to stare death in the face. But has he ever seen the face of God, and would he know it if he did?
Jodi has given us an intricate plot with many facets and many possible outcomes and as unique a story as I’ve ever read. Her dialogue is amazing as she writes in many voices and each one is worthy of being heard. She’s a phenomenal storyteller and she spins her tale with so much heart that you know she’s intimate with all of her characters. Characters who’s roles are all so varied and yet each one has his or her perfect fit. She deals with many difficult issues that plague us all today and she does it with a graciousness that would not offend reader.
If you love a great story or a piece of inspiring literary fiction, family trials or tales of faith this one has all that and then some. Give it a try, you won’t be sorry you did.

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