Songs of the Humpback Whale

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

Jane had always lived in somebody's shadow. Escaping a childhood of abuse by marrying oceanographer Oliver Jones, she finds herself taking second place to his increasingly successful career. However, when her daughter Rebecca is similarly treated, Jane's dramatic stand takes them all by surprise.

Leaving Oliver and his whale tapes behind in San Diego, Jane and Rebecca set out to drive across America to Jane's brother Joley and the sanctuary of the Massachusetts apple orchard where he works. Joley directs Jane across the United States in a series of letters waiting for her in designated post offices. Each letter gives concise directions to the next post office; each letter provides Jane with a chance to reflect on her forgotten past.

Oliver, used to tracking male humpback whales across vast oceans, now has the task of tracking his wife across a continent. To do so he must learn to see the world - and even himself - through her eyes.

'This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it.' - Publishers Weekly

Jodi Picoult is the author of sixteen bestselling and widely acclaimed novels. Read more about Jodi Picoult on her website at jodipicoult.com.au

Author bio:

Jodi Picoult has fifteen novels and three children to her credit, and was born and raised on Long Island. She received a doctorate in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard.

Category: Popular fiction
ISBN: 9781741757958
Edition No: NC
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: May 2009
Page Extent: 360
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Popular fiction

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