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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444724533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444724530
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,548 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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Never one to shy away from moral and ethical dilemmas, or from presenting every side of the debate, Picoult gives her readers all the virtuosic plotting, cliffhangers and twists they've come to expect (Daily Mail)

Picoult tackles this sensitive subject with her usual flawless research and convincing characters . . . as is Picoult's signature style, the reader is left just as torn as the characters over the best solution. Thought-provoking and gripping. (SHE)

Jodi Picoult takes a controversial and provocative subject and uses it as a backdrop to a touching and emotional drama. Her characters are believable and well drawn and the book is all the more powerful for it. (Sunday Express)

A gripping, thought-provoking read (Heat)

You can always rely on Jodi Picoult to spin a riveting read around an issue of our times. (Good Housekeeping)

Picoult goes to the heart of a thoroughly modern problem . . . A searching, compassionate look at a very vexed question. (Saga)

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You can't choose who you love . . . Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult's new novel asks what it takes to make a family in today's world.

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
It really irks me when Picoult's books are described as 'courtroom dramas' or said to be 'formulaic' because believe me, they are so much more than that. Her books are always a compelling blend of ethical dilemmas, gritty drama, moral issues and above all else, stories with a heart and an unexpected twist in the tale. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, something else is thrown at you that leaves you wondering just what will happen next. For me, this is the strongest Picoult book yet, which is no mean feat because I didn't think she'd ever be able to top the sheer brilliance that was 'Nineteen Minutes.'

I loved this novel. It's hard to say too much without giving away any of the plot, but I will say that it focuses on the true to life issues of the heartbreak of losing a baby, the struggles of IVF, same sex relationships and religion- a real mixed bag of engrossing topics! That's the main point of this novel: it feels real. Very real. In fact, it upset me at points because it felt so true to life and was written so compassionately on the certain situations and scenarios.

Picoult as ever, has really done her research and crafts a beautiful tale with incredibly drawn characters with believable flaws and personalities; it had me turning the pages wanting to know more about them and their lives and left me unable to put this down. As an atheist myself, I did find it a bit overdone on religious sentiment at time, but it did work with the stories theme and characters actions. I also liked how she incorporated certain current happenings to make the story even more believeable; i.e. at one point she had members of the Westborough Baptist Church in there, which added a completely realistic slant to events and happenings. Nobody quite writes like Jodi!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Burnard on 12 Jun 2011
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This is a book of two parts. The main part - Zoe and Vanessas' relationship is written beautifully. Picoult writes an sympathetic and unsentimental (although romantic) picture of the pair. She also highlights the bigotry of some church movements towards gay people.

The other part is about Zoe's incompetence as a music therapist. She seems to wander around with her acoustic guitar like a travelling minstrel. She has no hesitation about diving, univited, into the rooms of dying children and older men to seemingly play them the wrong tunes. Her relationship with the suicidal teenager is just bizarre and her treatment methods unlikely to achieve anything but more likely to make the situation worse. This part of Picoult's writing slides into the mawkish. She is often overly tempted to slip into aphorisms that seem to be straight out of a self-help book.

I worry that Picoult tries too hard to hit the right 'buttons' to produce emotional effect. I know, though, that I am in a minority here and appreciate that many appreciate this book very much. For me, it was not one of Jodi's best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Alexandra Dixon on 2 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid Jodi Picoult fan, I have read nearly all of her novels, and I have to say i dont think this was her best effort. For me everything stops when I get her new book, (luckly for me she always releases them in time for my birthday!) I thought the CD was a nice touch although I will be honest I cant listen to music and read at the same time. Maybe if i read the book again i will give the CD a try at the same time.

I love Jodi's style of writing, whereby she dedicates each chapter to a character and writes from their perspective, this is extremely common in her novels. I felt the characters were well explored which consequently provided an insight into their backgrounds. However, although I liked the premise of the story, i just didnt believe it. Dont get me wrong I think it is a real contentious issue for same sex couples to fight for the same rights as heterosexual couples along with the issue of battling for custody of embryos from a retrospective relationship and I dont think i would come up with a fair conclusion for this, and I understand and empathise with anyone in this or a similar situation.

The religous aspect of this book grated on me and I found myself skim reading these parts aswell as feeling angry at the attitudes Picoult was conveying. I understand that this is in essence indicitive of her superb writing, but i just thought it was a little too heavy, although that is just my personal opinion, and maybe most of it was necessary for the book. I agree with a previous reviewer, in that if you are religious this may not be the book for you.

The characters themselves I liked. I particularly liked Vanessa and her vulnerability, and i feel this could have been explored a lot further.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Choppin on 30 April 2011
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Because I expected so much from Jodi, I was disappointed. For me her other novels have been 5 star (except Mercy, which I just didn't like). She deals fearlessly with difficult issues and keeps you in suspense, however, I found "Sing you home" predictable and a confusion of issues such that none of them are properly dealt with. I feel like she is trying too hard, and as for the music, it left me cold. I listened to each track before and after each chapter, but found that it added nothing. The lyrics, indeed the music was 'quite nice' but I don't think I would go out of my way to listen to it otherwise. It was a distraction. I enjoyed the novel but it's not her best!
Jon Choppin
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