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Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival—an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book. 1,000,000-million copy first printing.(Mar.)
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Elizabeth (daughter, leukemia) & June (narrator) had survived the very serious car accident when a drunk driver plowed into them.
June’s husband Jack was not so lucky. Read more
This book, which I ordered from reading a sample of the story, was GREAT. I highly recommend it! Several ideas in it, from several individuals, and it really holds the reader's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 4u
little harder to follow then some of her other books. I found jumping back and forth of characters a bit confusing-as who is thisPublished 1 month ago by P Cullen
Like always I love Jodi Picoult's style of writing a chapter from each characters perspective. It gives you a great insight into the mind and thoughts of each person and lets you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberley Tarry
This is one compelling read...but there are just too many similarities to Stephen King's The Green Mile, released in the late nineties. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Derosier
I always enjoy Jodi Picoult's books, she makes it hard to stop reading.Published 2 months ago by Edna M. Willis
A good Jodi pickup book that had my interest and was memsized and very taken with the subject of capital punishment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynne Scholfield