What do you do when your daughter says she's talking to God? KEEPING FAITH is a riveting novel about a family plagued by the media, the medical profession, and organized religion in a world where everyone has an opinion but no one knows the truth.
For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a childs imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter a girl with no religious background might indeed be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy heightens, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left. Is Faith a prophet or a troubled little girl? Is Mariah a good mother facing an impossible crisis or a charlatan using her daughter to get attention?
'Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. -- Daily Mail 'Picoult has been incredibly successful in dissecting the pain that family members go through when faced with sensitive and emotive issues' -- Daily Express 'Picoult, once again, grabs a razor-sharp issue and uses her brilliantly intricate pen to expose all the shades of grey with PERFECTION.' -- Cosmopolitan
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 THE TENTH CIRCLE, THE PACT, and MERCY. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
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Reviewed by Emma from Tarlton, South Africa on 30 January 2011
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Another great book from Jodi Picoult. She takes an angle on an ordinary news item and makes you think about the what-if. This is a great read