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Keeping Faith [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Picoult
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (927 customer reviews)

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“A triumph. This novel’s haunting strength will hold the reader until the very end and make Faith and her story impossible to forget.”
Richmond Times Dispatch

Orlando Sentinel

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care) comes Keeping Faith: an “addictively readable” (Entertainment Weekly) novel that “makes you wonder about God. And that is a rare moment, indeed, in modern fiction” (USA Today).

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Fans of Picoult's fluent and absorbing storytelling will welcome her new novel, which, like Harvesting the Heart, explores family dynamics and the intricacies of motherhood, and concludes, as did The Pact, with tense courtroom drama. In the small town of New Canaan, N.H., 33-year-old Mariah discovers that her husband, Colin, is having an affair. Years ago, his cheating drove Mariah to attempt suicide and Colin had her briefly committed to an institution. Now Mariah's facing divorce and again fighting depression, when her eight-year-old daughter, Faith, suddenly acquires an imaginary friend. Soon this friend is telling the girl how to bring her grandmother back from the dead and how to cure a baby dying of AIDS. As Faith manifests stigmata, doctors are astounded, and religious controversy ensues, in part because Faith insists that God is a woman. An alarmed Colin sues for custody of Faith, and the fear of losing her daughter dramatically changes meek, diffident Mariah into a strong, protective and brave womanAone who fights for her daughter, holds her own against doctors and lawyers and finds the confidence to pursue a surprising new romance with TV atheist Ian Fletcher, cynical "Spokesman of the Millennium Generation." Though the novel feels a bit long, Picoult's pacing stabilizes the increasingly complicated plot, and the final chapters, in which Mariah fights for Faith's custody in court, are riveting. The mother-daughter relationship is all the more powerful for being buffeted by the exploitative and ethically questionable domains of medicine, media, law and religion; these characters' many triumphant transformations are Picoult's triumphs as well. Agent, Laura Gross.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

When seven-year-old Faith White and her mother, Mariah, swing by the house on the way to ballet class, they find that Daddy is home and he's brought a playmate. This is not the first time he's been caught cheating. After the fuss and feathers have settled and Dad has moved out, Faith begins talking to an imaginary friend who, it seems, is God. And God is not male but female. Faith is able to effect miraculous cures and is also occasionally afflicted with stigmata. When the media gets wind of this, the circus begins. The local rabbi takes an interest (Faith and Mariah are technically Jewish), and the local Catholic priest pays several inquiring visits. There is also a gaggle of psychologists. Throw in a professional atheist for the romance angle and a vicious custody fight with an egomaniacal lawyer, and you have a riveting read. Picot (The Pact, LJ 2/15/98) gets better and better with each book. If you can suspend disbelief on one or two points, this is an entrancing novel. Highly recommended.ADawn L. Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0688177743
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061374962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061374968
  • ASIN: B001FA0U3G
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129 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could "Guard" really be a woman? December 10, 2000
Seven-year-old Faith is caught in the middle of her parents crumbling marriage and in much need of a friend to confide in. That is when her imaginary friend "Guard" steps in. Not long after, miracles start to occur around Faith, and this small town in New Hampshire starts to realize that Faith is not only speaking to "God", but that her God is a woman.
The faithful start to arrive on Faiths' doorstep in search of miracles; along with the media led by a card carrying atheist whose TV show thrives on disproving such hype. They are all found camping out, waiting to have a moment, or a word with Faith. In the mean time the custody battle between Faiths' parents flares up leaving her torn between them as well as more confused with each passing day. The complications heighten when this innocent child exhibits the bleeding hands of the stigmata, leaving the doctors completely baffled.
Jodi Picoult is an author that will keep you coming back for more and will easily make a fan out of you. She takes a story and makes you question it every turn of the page. Something that may appear to be blatantly true is transformed into the totally unexpected, you will find yourself doubting just about everyone in the book at one point or another.
I suggest another of this authors books if you haven't had enough, "THE PACT, A LOVE STORY" which is about a teen suicide, another great read. The end of every chapter leaves you wondering about the veracity of each characters statement. Sometimes she does it with just one word, turning your idea of things "head over heels" when you thought you had it all figured out. Picoult is a truly talented author and worth watching and reading, you will certainly be entertained.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you wonder June 13, 2000
In 380-ish pages that seem to turn themselves, Jodi Picoult makes readers stop and think about several issues as simple as mother-daughter relationships and as complex as God. Mariah White, for the second time in their marriage, catches her husband with another woman. The first time, she was pregnant with their daughter, Faith. The second time, Faith was with Mariah when Colin was caught in the act. The first time, Mariah tries to kill herself. The second time, Colin leaves and Faith's "Guard" shows up. The seven year old starts performing miracles, attracting media attention, develops stigmata and quotes the Bible, although she's never been subjected to it. Mariah tries to shield her daughter from the attention while trying to find out for sure what is wrong with her. The reader switches back and forth several times, wondering if Faith is seeing God or if her mother is seeking attention. The book ends with a custody battle between Colin and Mariah and the reader wondering how much "Faith" they really have and would have if in a similar circumstance. The book is filled with colorful characters, perhaps the best Mariah's hold-no-punches mother, Millie. A GREAT book that you won't put down, and won't forget after you do.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Losing Faith in Picoult September 11, 2007
By Jade
As an avid Jodi Picoult fan, I was sorely disappointed by this novel. Normally, I can't put down her books while reading them, but by the middle of this one, I was only reading it so that I could finally finish it and move on to something else. It was unengaging at best, and just plain boring at worst. KEEPING FAITH tells the story of a young girl who has a special relationship with God. Page after page, Faith talks to God, Faith performs a miracle, Faith talks to God some more, Faith performs some more miracles, and ooh wow Faith knows things that she couldn't possibly know so it must be real! Not much else happened, save a custody battle toward the end, which was the only aspect of the book I actually found to be engaging. One of the frustrating things was that there wasn't much of a plot to this book. Essentially, after the first twenty pages or so, the plot is pretty stagnant up until the denouement, but the characters are all unsatisfied with things, and then post-exciting climactic stuff, things essentially return to exactly they were before, and that's the end.

One of Jodi Picoult's trademarks are her twist endings, which are often
aren't unexpected, but there was not one single thing about this novel that wasn't completely and utterly predictable. Insecure, self-loathing mother Mariah ends up falling for the "bad boy" atheist Ian. Shock. The worst thing about their relationship was that despite the fact that it was inevitable from before the two characters even laid eyes on one another, Picoult didn't bother to actually develop it. I'm normally a big fan of the bad boy type, and of relationships in which the bad boy falls for someone and finally opens up, but this didn't really happen here.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING NOVEL May 2, 2000
By Nick G
Mariah White catches her husband with another woman (the second time during their marriage), her 7 year old daughter, Faith, witnesses the whole ugly scene. Mariah goes into depression and Faith retreats to a world of silence until she begins talking to her "imaginary friend". Mariah has little concern about the "friend" until her daughter begins reciting passages from the Bible, performing miracles and experiencing stigmata.
Once the media hears of the little girl, they endlessly try to find out more, turning Mariah and her daughter's life upside-down.
Mariah tries to find out what is happening to her daughter as well as shelter her from the frenzy caused by the media.
Ian Fletcher is the newsman who broke the story about Faith and started out to expose her as a fraud. As he becomes involved with the White's, he begins believing that Faith may actually be God's messenger.
The novel has several different themes...religion, media, and child custody.
I have only read one other novel by Jodi Picoult, The Pact (excellent novel as well), but she is an auther whose talent is endless. She writes novels that are suspenseful, controversial, and powerful.
Everything about this book works, the characters, the pacing and the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Was disappointed at the end that the ...
Good read. Was disappointed at the end that the child wasn't a mystic healer.
Published 8 hours ago by Susan C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, interesting concept
Good writing, interesting concept, kept me going all the way through. It may not be a "classic" but well worth reading.
Published 1 day ago by G. Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast read!
Fast read and easy to understand women of faith book! It's probably the fasted read Jodi Picoult has written. I'm glad I took the time to read it because I could relate.
Published 1 day ago by Susan V Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars it's pure Jodi Picoult and doesn't disappoint. Another great read
I'm reading this book now, it's pure Jodi Picoult and doesn't disappoint. Another great read.
Published 5 days ago by Carol Everest
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down!
Published 8 days ago by Doris Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodi Picoult - Keeping Faith
This book was one of the best I've ever read .....made you think about the possibilities of miracles and your faith with God my Savior and King.
Published 8 days ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
interesting story!
Published 10 days ago by Deb Berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Mirror mirror again and again
another easy interesting read by Jodi Picoult. another mother and child relationship, with the mother falling in love with the outsider in the end. Read more
Published 11 days ago by bzap metalsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL
I was truly amazed by this story. Couldn't put this book down. Very well written. Faith, a perfect name for this little girl.
Published 11 days ago by flowergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great deal
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "The Storyteller," "Lone Wolf," "Between the Lines," "Sing You Home," "House Rules," "Handle with Care," "Change of Heart," "Nineteen Minutes," and "My Sister's Keeper." She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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The ending~
I had to consult with a friend who just finished the book also. We both feel that perhaps her God was no longer there- the author states Faith was sure she was alone. To get her moms attention she pretends her God is still with her. Afterall she does crave attention as we see when she is in... Read More
Jul 14, 2006 by momknowsbest |  See all 10 posts
Keeping Faith questions
Let me try to explain what I can....

1) There were plenty and plenty of times where it was mentioned how the bleeding in her hands were no way inflicted by anyone or anything. Even the doctors/nurses who treated Faith said the same thing. It can't be explained by any other reason. Therefore it... Read More
Jul 31, 2008 by missbrooklyn |  See all 2 posts
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