A Spark of Light

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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Oct 02, 2018
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Product Number: Z100138039
Released: Oct 02, 2018
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ISBN: #9781984828125
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. "Picoult at her fearless best...?imely, balanced and certain to inspire debate."-The Washington Post The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center-a women's reproductive health services clinic-its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation...?nd, hopefully, understanding. Praise for A Spark of Light "This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it."-People "Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult's compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues."-Us Weekly

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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
Product Number DD40614
Released: Oct 02, 2018
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ISBN: #9781984828095
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Author(s): Jodi Picoult
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Released: Oct 02, 2018
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Professional reviews

"Narrator Bahni Turpin infuses sensitivity and compassion into Picoult's thought-provoking story set against the contentious backdrop of abortion rights. After gunman George Goddard fires shots and takes hostages at a Mississippi women's clinic, police negotiator Hugh McElroy bargains for the hostages' lives, one of whom is his 15-year-old daughter, Wren. The story unfolds in reverse chronological order, allowing listeners to learn the victims' backstories. Turpin's chameleon-like ability to voice disparate characters is fully realized as she brings forth the rough desperation and love that drive the story. Turpin's nuanced treatment of people enduring the most heartbreaking and terrifying moments of their lives is deeply affecting. The reverse chronological structure does require focused listening, but the compelling events of the story will hold listeners in thrall. S.A.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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