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Keeping Faith [Hardcover]

Jodi Picoult
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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16 Jan 2006

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 child's 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.

What are you willing to believe? 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 reclaim the attention her unfaithful husband withheld?

Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First UK edition (16 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340838043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340838044
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at

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The novelist displays an almost uncanny ability to enter the skins of her troubled young protagonists (New York Times on THE PACT)

Picoult offers a perfectly pitched take on the great mysteries of the heart (Kirkus Reviews)

Addictively readable, raising valid questions about religion without getting maudlin. For a novel, that in itself is a miracle (Entertainment Weekly)

Gripping - you'll be riveted by this multilayered tale of small-town intrigue. (Glamour on SALEM FALLS)

This beautifully crafted novel will grab readers with its stunning topic (People on MY SISTER'S KEEPER)

'This is another cracker from Picoult' (Family Circle)

'Jodi Picuolt's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding.' (Marie Claire)

Addictively readable, raising valid questions about religion without getting maudlin. For a novel, that in itself is a miracle (Entertainment Weekly)

'Another fascinating and engrossing read by Picoult' (Closer)

Picoult offers a perfectly pitched take on the great mysteries of the heart (Kirkus Reviews)

'Picoult fans will not be disappointed. There is the usual compulsive writing, the insight into family and colourful characterisation . . . a pleasure to pick up, and impossible to put down' (Daily Express)

'For lovers of miniature, it also adds an extra dimension to a deeply engaging, touching book that asks important questions abut motherhood, family relationships, media frenzies and organised religion.' (Dolls' House Magazine)

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Hot on the heels of her Richard & Judy smash-hit MY SISTER'S KEEPER, Jodi Picoult's latest drama tells the compelling story of an ordinary little girl with an extraordinary gift, who finds herself at the centre of a huge media controversy.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 18 Feb 2006
Jodi Picoult weaves a tale of marital breakdown set against a religious backdrop concerning a Jewish girl and a Catholic faith. Faith, the central character in the book, is a young girl troubled by her parents' divorce and has begun talking to God whilst her mother, Mariah, struggles to keep her sanity whilst still believing her daughter. Mariah will do anything to keep custody of her daughter whilst her husband believes that she is endangering her daughter's life. Picoult uses many philosophical issues such as the existence of God and the possibility of resurrection against medical evidence to provide the book with sustenance and texture. Once again, Jodi Picoult's representation of a court case (like in her book, My Sister's Keeper) keeps you on tenterhooks and is one of the most tense parts of the story. Your must read this book!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Picoult! 8 Mar 2007
Faith is a 7 year old little girl. "Keeping Faith" is the story of a custody battle between her mum Mariah, and her dad Colin - who gets to keep Faith?

7 years before the novel begins Mariah found out that her husband, Colin, was having an affair, and she fell to pieces. After a failed suicide attempt Colin has her committed to a mental hospital where she later finds out she is pregnant... with Faith. So when they let her out of the hospital she turns her life around and learns how to be a mum.

Then Colin does it again. This time she catches him in the act, and Faith also is witness to his infidelity. Separation is inevitable. Colin goes to live with his mistress and when the divorce is settled, he freely gives over custody of his daughter to Mariah.

However, neither of them account for what comes next. Faith starts to perform miracles and to show "stigmata", involuntary bleeding corresponding to Christ's wounds. Faith becomes the subject of media interest - TV, media, journalists, Rabbis, Fathers (as in the Catholic Church), priests, psychiatrists... they all want a piece of Faith. What in the world is happening to Faith? And why? Needless to say, all this attention results in Colin wanting his daughter back. Doubts creep in... is Mariah doing this to her? The heart-wrenching custody battle ensues.

Wonderfully researched, beautifully written. You can't fault Picoult here. She takes an explosive subject and skilfully weaves her way around the different arguments and religious and non-religious approaches. Very thought provoking, and a page-turning read!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not vintage Jodi but a good read 3 May 2007
I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult but this isn't her best work. It centres around a little girl, Faith White and her visions of God and her mother's (Mariah White) custody battle with her father when a media circus follows Faith's revelations. It starts off slowly and some of it's all a little far fetched and difficult to relate to. I have to admit I nearly gave up on it but it's worth ploghing on as it does get better and the story gets meatier after about 100 pages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 13 April 2007
By linz
Jodi Picoult is one of the best authors out there. She writes fearlessly and the research and detail in all of her books is amazing. If you like any kind of courtroom dramas you should read her books. They keep you guessing till the end and you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next chapter to start.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Jun 2006
I'm definitely a fan of Jodi Picoult and before reading `Keeping Faith' I'd read My Sisters Keeper, Vanishing Acts, The Pact, Plain Truth, Salem Falls & Perfect Match. I love Picoult's style of writing as she always manages to suck you in so you feel you know all the characters intimately. While I was disappointed with The Pact and Perfect Match I was not disappointed with Keeping Faith.

The story centers around Mariah, Colin and Faith White. Mariah and Faith arrive home unexpectedly and find Colin in bed with another woman. Colin has had many extra-marital affairs and the first time resulted in Mariah trying to take her life. Instead of getting her the help she needed Colin had her institutionalized for four months. While there Mariah found out she was pregnant with Faith. Faith is now 7yrs old and the one constant in Mariah's life. When Colin leaves after his latest dalliance Faith develops an imaginary friend. Mariah isn't too worried until Faith starts referring to her friend as God. Shortly afterwards Faith starts exhibiting stigmata and `healing' powers. When word of Faiths healing powers gets out every news crew and cult from here to kingdom-come flocks to the White's front lawn. When Colin sees the coverage of his daughter on the news he initiates legal proceedings to have full custody of Faith.

This is a fantastic book which I managed to read in about 3 days.....I probably would have finished it sooner only I had to go to pesky work! The characters are explained so well that you can almost picture them in you're mind as you're reading. Whatever your feelings about God and miracles this is one book that will have you wondering one way or the other. I definitely rank this book up on the best books list with My Sisters Keeper and Plain Truth.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief 25 Feb 2006
If you're already a fan of Jodi Picoult, you'll be aware that her books tend to follow the format of serious decisions and dilemmas, legally, ethically, and maternally. She writes as if her books are pure crime stories - whodunnit, pageturner types - while simultaneously juggling the moral issue she's chosen to address. Somehow her style manages to perfectly balance the two, and she's come up with some difficult-to-define but incredibly gripping way of turning an ethical dilemma into a suspense novel that'll make you stay up reading till 2am.
Unlike some of her previous books, 'Keeping Faith' will require the average reader to suspend their disbelief a little in order to get totally involved. If you're put off by anything you think might verge on the religious or supernatural, this probably isn't the best JP novel to start with. If you're open to a little suggestion, jump in. When you're still awake at 2, don't say I didn't warn you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant lesson in believing against all odds. Well written as always by Jodi Picoult.
Published 24 days ago by Patricia Brooke
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't read it
Published 28 days ago by Alexander Conboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars keeping faith
A very thoughtful book with a strong and complex storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers.
Published 3 months ago by andrea williams-mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love Jodi Picoult. She is one of my favourite writers and with Keeping the Faith she does not disappoint.
Published 3 months ago by marcia pinnock
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it!
I have read loads of Jodie Picoult books, but had a rest for at least a year. I then spotted this book and decided it looked interesting, so ordered it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tambo48
4.0 out of 5 stars Believing the unbelievable
What a topic, wow! Couldn't put this book down even woke up in the middle of the night to finish it. Great characters, which jumped off the pages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Amanda J. Rolleston
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not one of Picoult's best
I love many of Picoult's books and this one ranked as better than soe but worse than others. An interesting read with some twists and turns and linguistically very much in Picoult... Read more
Published 4 months ago by pritchins
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book
I love Jodi Picoult and having read several of hers in the past, I chose this as the first book to read on my recently purchased
Kindle Paperwhite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JAL
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange story
Not one of picoult's finest novels. I found it incredibly boring at times, and far too long. The storyline was difficult to believe, but it was fairly obvious what the outcome was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Freddie
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