Jodi Picoult

JODI PICOULT is the author of numerous novels, many of which have been number one on the Australian and New Zealand fiction bestseller lists including My Sister's Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home and House Rules. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

She was born and raised - happily - on Long Island... something that she believed at first was a detriment to a girl who wanted to be a writer. "I had such an uneventful childhood that when I was taking writing classes at college, I called home and asked my mother if maybe there might have been a little incest or domestic abuse on the side that she'd forgotten about," Picoult recalls. "It took me a while to realize that I already did have something to write about - that solid core of family, and the knotty tangle of relationships, which I keep coming back to in my books."

Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. "The first time the editor called me to say she wanted to pay me for something I'd written," Picoult says, "I immediately called my mom and said, 'I'm going to be a writer!' 'That's great,' she said. 'Who's going to support you?'" Realism - and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent - led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher - before entering Harvard to pursue a master's in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Picoult says, "I found out it was going to be published just before my son was born, and I had this completely idealistic vision of him sitting at my feet, cooing, while I continued to write books. Needless to say, it didn't quite work out that way." Her struggle to balance motherhood and her own career formed, in part, the basis for her second novel, Harvesting the Heart. For a few years, she was either delivering a book or a baby. Now, she's happy to be prolific solely in her writing... and admits wholeheartedly that she moonlights as a writer, but she's really a mom. "It took me a while to find the balance," Picoult says, "but I'm a better mother because I have my writing... and I'm a better writer because of the experiences I've had as a parent that continually remind me how far we are willing to go for the people we love the most."

She and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with a dog, a rabbit, two Jersey calves, and the occasional Holstein.

'Jodi Picoult Does Not Write Chick-Lit' - read an interview with Jodi in the New York Times

Books by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

Published: October 2018

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

A Spark of Light

Published: October 2018

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

My Sister's Keeper

Published: September 2018

With her penetrating insight into the hearts and minds of real people, Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person, and what happens when emotions meet with scientific advances.

Nineteen Minutes

Published: September 2018

The startling and poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting, from the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Pact.

The Storyteller

Published: September 2018

After befriending an old man in her town, Sage Singer is deeply shocked when he begs her for a terrible favour - until he shares his darkest secret with her. In the latest novel from master storyteller, Jodi Picoult, she asks: can evil ever be forgiven? And can murder ever be justified?

Small Great Things

Published: April 2018

With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the latest stunning page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

Small Great Things

Published: October 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING BOOK.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS AND VIOLA DAVIS.

Small Great Things

Published: October 2016

With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

Off the Page

Published: July 2016

From internationally bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes Off the Page, a classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist filled with humour, adventure and magical relationships.

Leaving Time

Published: April 2016

The gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother - one of Jodi Picoult's most powerful and affecting novels yet.

Vanishing Acts

Published: September 2015

Picoult's richly layered and suspenseful novel explores the power of love and memory . . . what happens when the past we have been running from catches up to us.

Tenth Circle

Published: September 2015

From small town New England to the wilds of the Alaskan bush, Jodi Picoult probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child - and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play the hero.

Change of Heart

Published: September 2015

A spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and a criminal's last chance at finding salvation from the bestselling author of Nineteen Minutes.

Sing You Home

Published: September 2015

After Zoe and Max's last attempt to conceive fails tragically, their marriage breaks apart. When Zoe falls in love again and considers having a family, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used. But who do they really belong to? An honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences when love and desire collide with science and the law.

Harvesting the Heart

Published: July 2015

The story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family. Written with astonishing clarity and evocative detail, convincing in its depiction of emotional pain, love and vulnerability.

Keeping Faith

Published: July 2015

Mariah White is worried when her seven year old daughter Faith adopts an imaginary friend to help her cope with the aftermath of a messy divorce. She's even more worried however when her daughter says this invisible friend is God, and female.

Second Glance

Published: July 2015

An intricate and volatile tale of love and suspense in which an unsolved, decades old murder haunts a small New England town. In Jodi Picoult's eeriest and most engrossing work yet, this is a story about the things that come back to haunt us, literally and metaphorically.

Handle with Care

Published: July 2015

Explores the moral dilemmas faced by the parents of a severely disabled child. When faced with the reality of a child who will be disabled, at which point should an obstetrician counsel termination? Should a parent have the right to make that choice? And as a parent, how far would you go to take care of someone you love?

Songs of the Humpback Whale

Published: April 2015

A powerful and sensitive novel of family life, which uses five narrative voices to tell a story of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Picture Perfect

Published: April 2015

There is something dark and disturbing behind the picture perfect marriage of anthropologist Cassie Barrett and her movie star husband, Alex Rivers. A study in spousal abuse that will touch your heart from the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper.

Nineteen Minutes

Published: April 2015

The startling and poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting, from the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Pact.

Lone Wolf

Published: April 2015

A life hanging in the balance . a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells a provocative and unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go.

The Pact

Published: September 2014

In this contemporary tale of love and friendship, Jodi Picoult brings to life a familiar world, and in a single terrifying moment awakens every parent's worst fear: we think we know our children - but do we ever really know them at all?

Perfect Match

Published: September 2014

In her most soulful and intimate novel to date, Jodi Picoult paints an indelible portrait of a family in anguish.

Salem Falls

Published: September 2014

Another fluent and absorbing tale by the author of The Pact, Nineteen Minutes and Plain Truth. Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels. She is gifted with an ability to make us share her characters' feelings.

Mercy

Published: September 2014

Another thought provoking work by Jodi Picoult whose characters challenge us on moral issues arising out of situations any of us might be faced with. Classic Picoult storytelling - daring us to imagine how far we would go for those we love the most.

Between the Lines

Published: August 2014

Internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer team up to create a story about a girl who crosses the border between reality and fantasy in a perilous search for her own happy ending.

The Storyteller

Published: March 2014

After befriending an old man in her town, Sage Singer is deeply shocked when he begs her for a terrible favour - until he shares his darkest secret with her. In the latest novel from master storyteller, Jodi Picoult, she asks: can evil ever be forgiven? And can murder ever be justified?

Plain Truth

Published: March 2014

Jodi Picoult explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman - and the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.

My Sister's Keeper

Published: March 2014

With her penetrating insight into the hearts and minds of real people, Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person, and what happens when emotions meet with scientific advances.

House Rules

Published: March 2014

When a teenage boy with Asperger's is arrested for murder, his family face a daunting task to prove his innocence.

Between the Lines

Published: July 2012

Internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer team up to create a story about a girl who crosses the border between reality and fantasy in a perilous search for her own happy ending.

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