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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First UK edition (16 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340838043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340838044
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,207 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 www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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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 By K. Stringer on 18 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on 8 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By linz on 13 April 2007
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EmsyP on 7 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
First I must say I am a Jodi Picoult fan, although I have been disappointed by a couple of her latest book releases (Vanishing Acts and Salem Falls).

But Keeping Faith does not disappoint - it is a fascinating, thought-provoking page-turner.

The story focuses on Faith, a seven-year-old girl who starts seeing God after her parents go through a traumatic divorce. Then she starts appearing to heal and performing miracles. It culminates in a classic Picoult court battle, as Faith's father sues for custody.

The plot is interesting and I found all the issues it brings up fascinating. The characters are well-developed. I loved the relationship between Mariah (Faith's mother) and Ian (a "teleatheist" covering the story of Faith's apparent miracles), and Mariah and Millie (Mariah's mother).

I loved this book - it's gripping fiction that makes you think - classic Jodi Picoult on great form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 29 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
Yet again Jodi Picoult has written an excellent, thought provoking novel.

Young Faith's life is dramatically changed the day her mother, Mariah, walks into her bedroom and finds her husband with another woman. This is not his first indiscretion and Mariah falls apart.

Faith protects herself by finding an imaginary friend. When this friend turns out to be a female reincarnation of God and Faith starts reciting passages of the bible, developing stigmata and healing abilities, Mariah drags herself out of her stupor and starts to take notice. Interestingly, Faith is the product of a Christian / Jewish marriage and when Mariah starts to go for professional help we get a fascinating insight into the opinions of both sides.

When the press gets wind of Faith's claims things start to get out of hand and her dad files for custody, resulting in the inevitable court case.

Complete with the world's first television atheist, this book is jam packed with both action and thought provoking ideas. Although you are left to form your own opinions at the end, which was a little frustrating, this book is a page-turner not to be missed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Barnett on 10 April 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read 5 of Jodi Picoult's novels now and this is the first of which I have felt compelled to write a review.

I thought the story was very moving, well written and thought provoking.

Jodi Picoult portrays each character extremely well as I felt for them all in different ways, the way their emotions were portrayed really brought me, the reader, into the story.

I'm not religious, but the book had me thinking more and more about different faiths, and people's beliefs and perceptions of them.

Although the story took a couple of chapters to get going, it became a page turner and I struggled to put it down, particularly towards the end during the courtroom scenes.

As a mother, I found a lot of the experiences Mariah White went through and a lot of her thoughts, although unlifelike, very close to home.

I recommend this book to anyone who would like a thought provoking, emotional page-turner.
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