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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  The author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—The Washington Post

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Praise for A Spark of Light

“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.” People
 
“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.” Us Weekly

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“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.” The Washington Post

“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.” People

“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.” Us Weekly

“Thoroughly realistic storytelling . . . Picoult has achieved what politicians across the spectrum have not been able to: humanized a hot-button issue. Excellent for book clubs, this should also be considered for discussions in critical thinking and political debate.” Library Journal (starred review)

“The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be.” Houston Chronicle

“Picoult delivers another riveting yarn . . . in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.” Booklist (starred review)

“An important and thoughtful read that is perfect for book clubs looking for deep conversations.” PopSugar
 
“Novels such as this . . . are necessary” Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

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The Center squatted on the corner of Juniper and Montfort behind a wrought-iron gate, like an old bulldog used to guarding its territory. At one point, there had been many like it in Mississippi— nondescript, unassuming buildings where services were provided and needs were met. Then came the restrictions that were designed to make these places go away: The halls had to be wide enough to accommodate two passing gurneys; any clinic where that wasn’t the case had to shut down or spend thousands on reconstruction. The doctors had to have admitting privileges at local hospitals—even though most were from out of state and couldn’t secure them—or the clinics where they practiced risked closing, too. One by one the clinics shuttered their windows and boarded up their doors. Now, the Center was a unicorn—a small rectangle of a structure painted a fluorescent, flagrant orange, like a flag to those who had traveled hundreds of miles to find it. It was the color of safety; the color of warning. It said: I’m here if you need me. It said, Do what you want to me; I’m not going.
 
The Center had suffered scars from the cuts of politicians and the barbs of protesters. It had licked its wounds and healed. At one point it had been called the Center for Women and Reproductive Health. But there were those who believed if you do not name a thing, it ceases to exist, and so its title was amputated, like a war injury. But still, it survived. First it became the Center for Women. And then, just: the Center.
 
The label fit. The Center was the calm in the middle of a storm of ideology. It was the sun of a universe of women who had run out of time and had run out of choices, who needed a beacon to look up to.
 
And like other things that shine so hot, it had a magnetic pull. Those in need found it the lodestone for their navigation. Those who despised it could not look away.
 
Today, Wren McElroy thought, was not a good day to die. She knew that other fifteen-year-old girls romanticized the idea of dying for love, but Wren had read Romeo and Juliet last year in eighth-grade English and didn’t see the magic in waking up in a crypt beside your boyfriend, and then plunging his dagger into your own ribs. And Twilight—forget it. She had listened to teachers paint the stories of heroes whose tragic deaths somehow enlarged their lives rather than shrinking them. When Wren was six, her grandmother had died in her sleep. Strangers had said over and over that dying in your sleep was a blessing, but as she stared at her nana, waxen white in the open coffin, she didn’t understand why it was a gift. What if her grandmother had gone to bed the night before thinking, In the morning, I’ll water that orchid. In the morning, I’ll read the rest of that novel. I’ll call my son. So much left unfinished. No, there was just no way dying could be spun into a good thing.
 
Her grandmother was the only dead person Wren had ever seen, until two hours ago. Now, she could tell you what dying looked like, as opposed to just dead. One minute, Olive had been there, staring so fierce at Wren—as if she could hold on to the world if her eyes stayed open—and then, in a beat, those eyes stopped being windows and became mirrors, and Wren saw only a reflection of her own panic.
 
She didn’t want to look at Olive anymore, but she did. The dead woman was lying down like she was taking a nap, a couch cushion under her head. Olive’s shirt was soaked with blood, but had ridden up on the side, revealing her ribs and waist. Her skin was pale on top and then lavender, with a thin line of deep violet where her back met the floor. Wren realized that was because Olive’s blood was settling inside, just two hours after she’d passed. For a second, Wren thought she was going to throw up.
 
She didn’t want to die like Olive, either.
Which, given the circumstances, made Wren a horrible person. The odds were highly unlikely, but if Wren had to choose, she would die in a black hole. It would be instant and it would be epic. Like, literally, you’d be ripped apart at the atomic level. You’d become stardust.
 
Wren’s father had taught her that. He bought her her first telescope, when she was five. He was the reason she’d wanted to be an astronaut when she was little, and an astrophysicist as soon as she learned what one was. He himself had had dreams of commanding a space shuttle that explored every corner of the universe, until he got a girl pregnant. Instead of going to grad school, he had married Wren’s mom and become a cop and then a detective and had explored every corner of Jackson, Mississippi, instead. He told Wren that working for NASA was the best thing that never happened to him.
 
When they were driving back from her grandmother’s funeral, it had snowed. Wren—a child who’d never seen weather like that in Mississippi before—had been terrified by the way the world swirled, unmoored. Her father had started talking to her: Mission Specialist McElroy, activate the thrusters. When she wouldn’t stop crying, he began punching random buttons: the air-conditioning, the four-way flashers, the cruise control. They lit up red and blue like a command center at Mission Control. Misison Specialist McElroy, her father said , prepare for hyperspace. Then he flicked on his brights, so that the snow became a tunnel of speeding stars, and Wren was so amazed she forgot to be scared.
 
She wished she could flick a switch now, and travel back in time. She wished she had told her dad she was coming here.
She wished she had let him talk her out of it.
She wished she hadn’t asked her aunt to bring her.
 
Aunt Bex might even now be lying in a morgue, like Olive, her body becoming a rainbow. And it was all Wren’s fault.
 
You, said the man with a gun, his voice dragging Wren back to the here and now. He had a name, but she didn’t want to even think of it. It made him human and he wasn’t human; he was a monster. While she’d been lost in thought, he’d come to stand in front of her. Now, he jerked the pistol at her. Get up.
 
The others held their breath with her. They had, in the past few hours, become a single organism. Wren’s thoughts moved in and out of the other women’s minds. Her fear stank on their skin.
 
Blood still bloomed from the bandage the man had wrapped around his hand. It was the tiniest of triumphs. It was the reason Wren could stand up, even though her legs were jelly.
 
She shouldn’t have come to the Center.
She should have stayed a little girl.
Because now she might not live to become anything else.
Wren heard the hammer click and closed her eyes. All she could picture was her father’s face—the blue-jean eyes, the gentle bend of his smile—as he looked up at the night sky.
 
When George Goddard was five years old, his mama tried to set his daddy on fire. His father had been passed out on the couch when his mother poured the lighter fluid over his dirty laundry, lit a match, and dumped the flaming bin on top of him. The big man reared up, screaming, batting at the flames with his ham hands. George’s mama stood a distance away with a glass of water. Mabel, his daddy screamed. Mabel! But his mama calmly drank every last drop, sparing none to extinguish the flames. When George’s father ran out of the house to roll in the dirt like a hog, his mama turned to him. Let that be a lesson to you, she said.
 
He had not wanted to grow up like his daddy, but in the way that an apple seed can’t help but become an apple tree, he had not become the best of husbands. He knew that now. It was why he had resolved to be the best of fathers. It was why, this morning, he had driven all this way to the Center, the last standing abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi.
 
What they’d taken away from his daughter she would never get back, whether she realized it now or not. But that didn’t mean he couldn’t exact a price.
 
He looked around the waiting room. Three women were huddled on a line of seats, and at their feet was the nurse, who was checking the bandage of the doctor. George scoffed. Doctor, my ass. What he did wasn’t healing, not by any stretch of the imagination. He should have killed the guy— would have killed the guy—if he hadn’t been interrupted when he first arrived and started firing.
 
He thought about his daughter sitting in one of those chairs. He wondered how she’d gotten here. If she had taken a bus. If a friend had driven her or (he could not even stand to think of it) the boy who’d gotten her in trouble. He imagined himself in an alternate universe, bursting through the door with his gun, seeing her in the chair next to the pamphlets about how to recognize an STD. He would have grabbed her hand and pulled her out of there.
 
What would she think of him, now that he was a killer?
How could he go back to her?
How could he go back, period?
Eight hours ago this had seemed like a holy crusade—an eye for an eye, a life for a life.
 
His wound had a heartbeat. George tried to adjust the binding of the gauze around it with his teeth, but it was unraveling. It should have been tied off better, but who here was going to help him?
 
The last time he had felt like this, like the walls were closing in on him, he had taken his infant daughter—red and screaming with a fever he didn’t know she had and wouldn’t have known how to treat— and gone looking for help. He had driven until his truck ran out of gas—it was past one a.m., but he started walking—and continued until he found the only building with a light on inside, and an unlocked door. It was flat-roofed and unremarkable—he hadn’t known it was a church until he stepped inside and saw the benches and the wooden relief of Jesus on the cross. The lights he had seen outside were candles, flickering on an altar. Come back, he had said out loud to his wife, who was probably halfway across the country by now. Maybe he was tired, maybe he was delusional, but he very clearly heard a reply: I’m already with you. The voice whispered from the wooden Jesus and at the same time from the darkness all around him.
 
George’s conversion had been that simple, and that enveloping. Somehow, he and his girl had fallen asleep on the carpeted floor. In the morning, Pastor Mike was shaking him awake. The pastor’s wife was cooing at his baby. There was a groaning table of food, and a miraculously spare room. Back then, George hadn’t been a religious man. It wasn’t Jesus that entered his heart that day. It was hope.
 
Hugh McElroy, the hostage negotiator George had been talking to for hours, said George’s daughter would know he had been trying to protect her. He’d promised that if George cooperated, this could still end well, even though George knew that outside this building were men with rifles trained on the door just waiting for him to emerge.
 
George wanted this to be over. Really, he did. He was exhausted mentally and physically and it was hard to figure out an endgame. He was sick of the crying. He wanted to skip ahead to the part where he was sitting by his daughter again, and she was looking up at him with wonder, the way she used to.
 
But George also knew Hugh would say anything to get him to surrender to the police. It wasn’t even just his job. Hugh McElroy needed him to release the hostages for the same reason that George had taken them in the first place—to save the day.
 
That’s when George figured out what he was going to do. He pulled back the hammer on the gun. “Get up. You,” he said, pointing to the girl with the name of a bird, the one who had stabbed him. The one he would use to teach Hugh McElroy a lesson.

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Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
Really disappointed in her depiction of pro-lifers. She made no effort to understand pro-lifers. She made them look like a bunch of ignorant religious fanatics who are more concerned about religion than people. This book was a waste of time. I’ve always enjoyed her books... See more
Really disappointed in her depiction of pro-lifers. She made no effort to understand pro-lifers. She made them look like a bunch of ignorant religious fanatics who are more concerned about religion than people. This book was a waste of time. I’ve always enjoyed her books because they make me think about both sides of an issue. This book had an agenda but it fell on deaf ears because she didn’t take time to develop the pro-life characters. She treated the abortion doctor like a saint. It was really slanted.
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Gimmicky, unresolved plot lines, and utterly disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018
As a long-time fan of Jodi Picoult, I could not be more disappointed in "A Spark of Light." First of all, her choice to write the entire story backwards was a poor one. It''s not that I had a hard time following it, but that the plot (what little plot there was) didn''t... See more
As a long-time fan of Jodi Picoult, I could not be more disappointed in "A Spark of Light." First of all, her choice to write the entire story backwards was a poor one. It''s not that I had a hard time following it, but that the plot (what little plot there was) didn''t warrant it. The "twists" were cliches at best, and all were apparent to me before 25% of the book had passed. As for the characters - they were afterthoughts, chosen to serve Ms. Picoult''s chosen and timely issue. None were followed up on in the Epilogue except the detective and his daughter - and even that was just the immediate aftermath. Every other character was left hanging, except the ones we knew were dead from Chapter 1. While her afterword claims she was open-minded to both sides of the issues, her pro-life characters were all cliched and extremely unlikable. Even the main antagonist, the shooter, wasn''t well written. Despite being hit over the head early on with "bad childhood, PTSD," yadda yadda, and even given what was his motivating factor, I couldn''t see how quickly he had moved from the life he was living to mass murder. The entire time I was reading, I just felt like there were missing pieces everywhere. I know Ms. Picoult is a much better writer than this, and I''m not sure what happened. Maybe she should go back to writing compelling characters instead of relying on gimmicks and making the hot issue of the day the main character of her story.
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No spark, no light
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
In A SPARK OF LIGHT, Jodi Picoult attempts to address the hot button divide between pro-choice and pro-life advocates in this country, specifically the Deep South. Given the current political climate in America, this could have been a provocative story in the manner of... See more
In A SPARK OF LIGHT, Jodi Picoult attempts to address the hot button divide between pro-choice and pro-life advocates in this country, specifically the Deep South. Given the current political climate in America, this could have been a provocative story in the manner of SMALL GREAT THINGS, her magnum opus on racism. Instead A SPARK OF LIGHT reads like the script of a mediocre Lifetime movie. Never afraid to confront controversy, Jodi Picoult, to my great disappointment, let me down. The Author’s Notes are far more intriguing than her fictional account of The Center, a women’s health facility in Jackson, Mississippi.

Using a literary device that sometimes works, she begins with the denouement and works backward to the beginning of a pivotal day in the lives of several women and a doctor who performs abortions. The story begins when a man enters The Center and begins shooting and taking hostages. From there, Picoult goes hour-by-hour back to daybreak, introducing each character. By the time she reaches breakfast, I have repeatedly heard the same stories.

George, the shooter, is a pro-life zealot who is avenging his daughter, presumably because she had difficulty during an abortion. Wren, the motherless teenage daughter of a police officer, is seeking birth control. Bex, Wren’s aunt, is her mother figure. Hugh, father of Wren, is the hostage negotiator. Izzy, a nurse, is contemplating an abortion because she, who grew up destitute, does not want to tie down her wealthy boyfriend. Olive, a lesbian neuroscientist, has an unspecified medical issue. Joy, who grew up in foster care, is pregnant as the result of an affair with a married judge. Vonita is the motherly owner of The Center. Louie Ward is the physician. Janine, a pro-life advocate, pretends to be pregnant in an effort to demonstrate that The Center advocates “killing babies”. Beth, a teenager, is lying in a hospital bed, having been charged with murder of her unborn child.

Every character is a stereotype; every plot line is cliche. The reverse timeline doesn’t work for me. Over and over, the characters tell the same stories, and I became terminally bored by them, not to mention unsympathetic. Needless to say, I don’t expect resolution of this highly charged and emotional debate in one work of fiction, but I hoped that Jodi Picoult would tell a more interesting story. What a disappointment.
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Kept my attention but pro-choice propaganda
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018
It kept my attention on a rainy weekend. The backwards timeline made it a bit confusing. Prolifers like myself will probably be a tad irritated. The pro-lifers in the book are made to look like either hypocrites or insane; and the pro-choice characters like the... See more
It kept my attention on a rainy weekend. The backwards timeline made it a bit confusing.

Prolifers like myself will probably be a tad irritated. The pro-lifers in the book are made to look like either hypocrites or insane; and the pro-choice characters like the abortion doctor are made to look like saints. And no, Ms. Picoult, one cannot be a Christian and ok with abortion.

Disturbing, Ms. Picoult, that you admit you witnessed several unborn children being killed, yet don''t seem to be bothered by this. You should have included some pictures of the mangled body parts of the unborn children, if you really wanted to educate your readers about abortion.
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Literary artifice
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2018
I was sadly disappointed with this book, and until now have been an avid fan of Picoult’s books. There was no “spark” between the words and me. Nope, not at all. And then the cutesy artifice of writing the book in reverse. Who wants the denouement in the first chapter. Not... See more
I was sadly disappointed with this book, and until now have been an avid fan of Picoult’s books. There was no “spark” between the words and me. Nope, not at all. And then the cutesy artifice of writing the book in reverse. Who wants the denouement in the first chapter. Not I. Save your money. Hope she redeems herself with her next book.
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I read it differently, and that made the difference.
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018
I always pre-order Jodi Picoult''s books, because each one is a page turner and her research goes above and beyond any other author''s work of fiction. A Spark of Light didn''t download immediately, and that was strange, but an easy fix. I just found it in the Amazon store,... See more
I always pre-order Jodi Picoult''s books, because each one is a page turner and her research goes above and beyond any other author''s work of fiction. A Spark of Light didn''t download immediately, and that was strange, but an easy fix. I just found it in the Amazon store, clicked on the book and it was added. I couldn''t help but read a few reviews when l clicked on the book. It was the day of the release, and I was intrigued. I read that some people were having a hard time getting into the story, because of the way that it was written. I shrugged it off and just started the book.

As I started to read, I began to understand why readers were struggling. It is odd to read in reverse minus the epilogue. Halfway through the book, I decided to read it a little differently, and it really did make a difference in my love for the story. I read through the end of 8:00 (the last chapter before the epilogue), and then I re-read the entire book backwards. After 5:00 (the first chapter), I finally allowed myself to read the epilogue.

I have never read a book this way before, but I really appreciate the story more because of it. I usually breeze through books so excited to find out how they end. I end up re-reading them to get deeper understanding later. This time as I re-read going backwards, I had that deeper understanding before ever knowing the ending. It made the book so much more worth it.

As for the book itself, A Spark of Light really made me think about my own feelings related to women''s rights. It really did well with showing many angles and explaining why so many women feel the way that they do. Whether pro life or pro choice, no one''s feelings are wrong; they''re just different. I''ll still re-read this book again - maybe in a different way - because it''s simply a great read. No author of fiction writes like Jodi Picoult. My only hope is that we don''t have to wait two years for her next book. I can''t wait to have the wheels in my heading turning again.
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Liked the story but not the writer’s device used to tell it
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2018
I really like Jodi Piccoult as a writer so I was excited to read her newest book. She faithfully covers topical issues from all points of view and she does that again here with the issue of right to life vs right to chose. Unfortunately, the writing device she used left... See more
I really like Jodi Piccoult as a writer so I was excited to read her newest book. She faithfully covers topical issues from all points of view and she does that again here with the issue of right to life vs right to chose. Unfortunately, the writing device she used left me baffled for 90% of the book. She starts the story about 3/4 of he way through the day a man enters a women’s clinic, shoots and kills two women, injures others and holds hostages. THe book then backs up hour by hour to fill in main character’s backgrounds. As someone who never reads the ending of a story first, this was very frustrating. In the end, she reveals why she chose to use this device, but I think the story telling could have been more effective telling it in a straight forward manner but still revealing the twist at the end.
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Complete waste of money
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
While I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan, the biggest emotion this book made me feel was sick over my $15 wasted dollars. The story was told out of order and it was almost impossible to keep track of who was where and what was happening. And the whole abortion debate was so... See more
While I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan, the biggest emotion this book made me feel was sick over my $15 wasted dollars. The story was told out of order and it was almost impossible to keep track of who was where and what was happening. And the whole abortion debate was so didactic. Yawn. The only character I actually cared about was Beth and there was no resolution to HER story. Save your money and wait for a library copy. Or better yet, skip this one and hope that Picoult gets her flair back before her next book comes out.
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This author can’t do wrong .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2019
Another brilliant read from Jodi Picoult .
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A Spark of Light
Reviewed in Canada on October 24, 2018
I usually love a Jodi Picoult book but was disappointed in this one. I feel as if her heart was not in it as in all her other books. I almost feel cheated because I paid a lot of money for this Ebook and it did not deliver the usual punch and awe I get from reading her...See more
I usually love a Jodi Picoult book but was disappointed in this one. I feel as if her heart was not in it as in all her other books. I almost feel cheated because I paid a lot of money for this Ebook and it did not deliver the usual punch and awe I get from reading her other titles. Maybe it was the topic but I feel this was not so much a story but a documentary. Ms. Picoult, I love ,love your books. I wait impatiently for each new one. This was not worth the wait. I usually devour your books in one or at the most two days. I did not rush back to read this one. Sorry.
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Hit and miss author, this book is a miss.
Reviewed in Canada on January 16, 2019
I really disliked this book--it is written in a flashbacks style to give us context into all of the characters, but it ends up feeling so repetitive that I gave up 3/4 of the way through, and I hate to give up on a book. For me, Jodi Picout is a hit and miss author, and...See more
I really disliked this book--it is written in a flashbacks style to give us context into all of the characters, but it ends up feeling so repetitive that I gave up 3/4 of the way through, and I hate to give up on a book. For me, Jodi Picout is a hit and miss author, and while I loved many of her books, I couldn''t engage with any of the characters and found the arguments to be predictable. Apparently there''s a surprise ending but whatever it is, it can''t make up for how bored I am with this book...
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Made me think...
Reviewed in Australia on October 3, 2018
‘A Spark of Light’ by Jodi Picoult tackles the very tough subject of abortion so it may not be for everyone. The story is one that doesn’t take sides but instead tries to shed light all around in a suspenseful setting. Told completely in reverse, we start at the end... This...See more
‘A Spark of Light’ by Jodi Picoult tackles the very tough subject of abortion so it may not be for everyone. The story is one that doesn’t take sides but instead tries to shed light all around in a suspenseful setting. Told completely in reverse, we start at the end... This book begins with a hostage situation at the local Center. The Center is a place for women to go and get birth control, have gynecological examinations, and obtain abortions. There are those who do not want such a clinic in their community and there are those who are thankful that it is there. One day a man bursts into the clinic and begins firing. While a police hostage negotiator, Hugh is called to the scene. He has been getting a flurry of texts from his daughter and learns that she is inside the health clinic and is one of the hostages. He also learns that his sister is with Wren and has been injured. Wren and her aunt are not the only hostages. There are others and through the story we get to learn about each character, his/her past and why they are in the clinic that day. They either work at the Center or they are there for services. We are given each of their perspectives and their back stories... it’s confronting and thought provoking but so very real... I pre-bought this book without even knowing what the subject matter of this book would be as I enjoy Jodi Picoult. She never shy''s away from controversial or uncomfortable subject matter. What I appreciated the most was that ‘A Spark of Light’ was not preachy - the reader is never pushed to be pro-life or pro-choice but it made you think...
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Jenny Hayworth
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Thought provoking
Reviewed in Australia on October 12, 2018
Picoult has a way of humanising complex issues, weaving the internal worlds of her characters and emotions into the complex web that makes up life and each individual choice within that life. This story presents both sides of the debate between people on both sides of...See more
Picoult has a way of humanising complex issues, weaving the internal worlds of her characters and emotions into the complex web that makes up life and each individual choice within that life. This story presents both sides of the debate between people on both sides of abortion issue. It also shows its not black and white despite what ones say. The ramifications for a woman choosing to abort can sometimes reverberate throughout her life in her emotional self plus the ramifications for a child born to a woman who can''t financially provide or emotionally be available for it plus a child who may not be wanted, or placed in foster system. So many lives affected by many decisions. Not all good or all bad but often weighted in despair and terror and aloneness and fear. The fear of being judged, abandoned, disowned - and excluded. Damned if you do, damned if you don''t. An amazing heart wrenching story of multiple characters that stay with you long after you finished.
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