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Lone Wolf: A Novel Hardcover – February 28, 2012

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Estranged from his family while living in Thailand for the past six years, Edward Warren is summoned home to New Hampshire when his father, Luke, a renowned wolf expert, and Edward’s 17-year-old sister, Cara, are critically injured in a car accident. Cara’s wounds are not life-threatening, but Luke has suffered severe brain damage and languishes in a vegetative state doctors say is irreversible. As his father’s legal next-of-kin, it falls to Edward to make the hard choices about life support and organ donation, a nearly impossible responsibility, given that father and son parted on angry terms the night Edward tried to confide to Luke that he was gay. Then Cara becomes a volatile advocate for her father’s right-to-life, taking impulsive steps to wrest control away from Edward. Though the author’s loyal “Pi-cult” following will drive demand, this latest offering lacks the emotional nuance that may have won Picoult her fans. Worthy discussions about critical end-of-life medical and moral issues are often eclipsed by overwrought teenage melodrama and heavy-handed working of the “lone wolf/Luke Warren” trope. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Picoult will conduct a national author tour backed by extensive advertising and publicity for this topical drama by a reliably prolific and avidly popular author. --Carol Haggas


“Nobody in commercial fiction cranks the pages more effectively than Jodi Picoult.” --USA Today

“Compelling... fascinating... this page-turner will keep you wondering.” --People Magazine

"Impossible to put down." --Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First Edition edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439102749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102749
  • ASIN: 1439102740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,083 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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209 of 226 people found the following review helpful By My 2 Cents VINE VOICE on February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jodi Picoult, is an author known for her novels dealing with complex and controversial issues, Her 19th novel, Lone Wolf, just released. The story for the most part takes place in Beresford, New Hampshire, and once again, it's a story which packs a punch.

When Cara Warren, age 17, calls her father, Luke to pick her up after being out with friends who have had a bit too much to drink, father and daughter are involved in a serious automobile accident. Where Cara recovers from her injuries after surgery, her father is not so lucky. Luke has suffered a TMI (traumatic brain injury) and has only a 10% chance of recovery. He is being kept alive by life support -- a ventilator and feeding tube.

Luke is divorced from Cara's mom Georgie, and has been estranged from their son Edward for the last six years. Edward, left home at age 18, after an incident involving his father Luke. He left a note for his mother, but never bothered to said goodbye to his father. When Edward receives a frantic call from his mother, Georgie, informing him about his sister and father's accident, Edward takes a 24 hour flight home from Bangkok, Thailand where he has been living and teaching.

With no legal advance directives in place for Luke, the siblings find themselves at odds over whether or not to end their father's life, and a legal battle ensues. To complicate matters, Edward locates a handwritten note of his fathers, giving him the authority to make decisions for him if he were ever unable to make them for himself. Edward was just 15 at the time that both parties signed the note.
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137 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Pink Amy on February 29, 2012
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I like Jodi Picoult and include some of her books among my favorites. Her last few books have been sentimentally predictable, none more so than LONE WOLF.

Luke Warren and his daughter 17-year-old Cara are in a car accident that leaves him on life support with no chance of regaining consciousness. Brother Edward returns from overseas, having been absent for seven years after a falling out with Luke. Told in the voices of Luke, Cara, Edward, and Georgie, Luke's ex and Cara and Edward's mother. Edward wants to remove life support and donate Luke's organs. Cara wants to keep her father alive, hoping for a miracle.

Cara is one of the least sympathetic characters Picoult has ever written. She's narcissistic, spiteful, sneaky, and immature. While I can understand a teenager wanting her father to recover, this young woman often reads as a caricature. Edward is much more sympathetic and realistic as a 23-year-old man trying to do the right thing for his mom, dad, and sister, but sometimes making matters worse through assumption and lack of communication. I never got the feeling Cara was trying to do the right thing, it was all about Cara.

My favorite part of the book was that Edward was a gay character, but that was just one part of who he was the same as if he had blue eyes or red hair. He didn't have a partner and wasn't dating during the 17 days the book took place. Picoult did a masterful job making him no different than any characters. I never thought of him as a gay character, because he was just a character who happened to be gay.

The sections written in Luke's voice are basically an allegory between wolf relationships in packs and family relationships. Luke has lived with wolves on and off and almost considers himself more wolf than human.
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238 of 283 people found the following review helpful By Cornelia N. Hutt on March 1, 2012
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Unflattering as the story of Little Red Riding Hood is to wolves, no rational adult believes that a wolf could eat Granny and then climb into bed wearing her nightgown. But readers believe Jodi Picoult because many, like me, have been impressed with the author's meticulous and exhaustive research into the subject matter on which the plots of her other novels are based. This attention to detail makes the stories credible and the outcomes believable.

Thus, I am incredulous at the degree of inaccuracy and the amount of absurd misinformation about wolves in Lone Wolf. The editorial review above references "Picoult's impressive research into wolf biology, hierarchy and pack mentality." Wrong. Picoult didn't do her homework properly this time, and her reputation for getting the facts in order just plummeted into the abyss.

As a wolf educator and writer of wolf curricula for teachers and non-formal educators, I am frankly infuriated by the sheer nonsense in the "Luke" segments of the book. In an effort to debunk the myths about the wolf as "the beast of waste and desolation," Picoult has created an equally unscientific, inaccurate and ultimately harmful portrayal of wolves and of wolf packs. Why did she not go to the books and articles by the renowned researchers and scientists like L. David Mech, founder of the International Wolf Center - a man who has spent over 50 years studying wolves and sharing his knowledge with the general public? What about the other science-based wolf education organizations that have web sites crammed with solid information about the biology and ecology of wolves? They include the Wolf Conservation Center, the California Wolf Center and the Red Wolf Coalition.
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