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Jodi Picoult


A passionate researcher, Novelist Jodi Picoult is known for taking on compelling social and ethical issues and weaving them into the works of fiction that have won her a devoted readership.  From her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), to her recent bestseller The Storyteller (2013), Picoult has grappled with a range of topics: fractured families, eugenics, school violence, teen suicide, spouse abuse, a child’s legal rights, childhood cancer, gay rights, the death penalty, war criminals, vengeance, justice, faith, the value of life. To Picoult, a passionate researcher, no issue is simple, and no book deals with only one issue. Through her characters and her stories she engages the complications, considering provocative questions from different angles. Her readership continues to grow, and her novels regularly debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Picoult’s next novel, Leaving Time, will be published by Ballantine in fall 2014.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, Picoult graduated with high honors from Princeton, where she majored in English and Creative Writing, in 1987, and from Harvard, where she earned a master’s degree in education, in 1990. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Hanover, NH.

Picoult has donated her papers to Special Collections and University Archives at the UMass Amherst Libraries. The Jodi Picoult Papers include research files, drafts, editorial correspondence, publicity material, early stories, and student material. Picoult also donated a comprehensive collection of her publications, including the novels in American and foreign-language editions, her five Wonder Woman comics, and her earliest publications, which date to her undergraduate days.

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List of works:


Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992)

Harvesting the Heart (1994)

Picture Perfect (1995)

Mercy (1996)

The Pact (1998)

Keeping Faith (1999)

Plain Truth (2000)

Salem Falls (2001)

Perfect Match (2002)

Second Glance (2003)

My Sister's Keeper (2004)

Vanishing Acts (2005)

The Tenth Circle (2006)

Nineteen Minutes (2007)

Change of Heart (2008)

Handle With Care (2009)

House Rules (2010)

Sing You Home (2011)

Lone Wolf (2012)

The Storyteller (2013)





Last Edited: 13 January 2014