If you were harmed as a child and you were afraid your daughter was being harmed - what would you do? Jodi Picoult's first novel is a compelling drama of family, loss and misunderstanding, and reconciliation.
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. Jane and Rebecca set out to drive across America to the sanctuary of the New England apple orchard where Jane's brother Joley works. 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...
'Picoult displays near perfect pitch ... ingeniously structured and reminiscent of early Anne Tyler' -- Mary Morris 'Charming and poignant, Picoult's novel is even better after a second reading' -- Library Journal '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 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 Keeping Faith, The Pact, and Mercy. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
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