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One of America's most powerful and thought-provoking novelists, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult brilliantly examines belief, miracles, and the complex core of family.

When the marriage of Mariah White and her cheating husband, Colin, turns ugly and disintegrates, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, is there to witness it all. In the aftermath of a rapid divorce, Mariah falls into a deep depression -- and suddenly Faith, a child with no religious background whatsoever, hears divine voices, starts reciting biblical passages, and develops stigmata. And when the miraculous healings begin, mother and daughter are thrust into the volatile center of controversy and into the heat of a custody battle -- trapped in a mad media circus that threatens what little stability the family has left.

Topics: Family, Kansas City, Suspenseful, Divorce, Miracles, Mothers and Daughters, Spirituality , Supernatural Powers, Possessed, and Catholicism

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 6, 2009
ISBN: 9780061981722
List price: $5.99
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I read this one after taking a small break from Jodi Picoult. Her books, no matter what order I read them in, just seemed to get progressively worse. But still, I began this one with a smile. I wasn't exactly impressed. It was just a book. Not tremendously horrible enough for me to rant about, and not incredibly fantastic enough for me to rave about. I just found the whole thing kind of anticlimatic. I get waiting for Jodi's trademark twist....but nothing. Did I miss it? Was it not even big enough for me to qualify a twist or was it simply not there? I just think that she honestly didn't know how to explain Faith, so she just left it hanging. No conclusive endings here. Just unanswered questions. The more righteous among you might say "well, life has unanswered questions, so I suppose she was just being realistic." Well BOO. This is fiction, damnit! Make up some new fancy I-See-God disease if you have to! It would have been something different if I liked the characters more. Mariah was a twit and Colin was a tool. The grandma was spunky, but a little stereoptypical. Even though Faith was supposedly the entire reason for the novel, I felt distant from her. One thing I can't understand is why Mariah was chosen as first person POV, and nobody else was. It would just make more sense to me if Faith was in first person if anyone was. Oh,and the relationshop between Ian and Mariah...Can you say sappy? I can. Sap sap SAPPY But the writing was good like always. Picoult sure knows how to make a sentence. Even though there was less "OMG. This quote is so good! So true! So powerful!" this time around. I shall conclude this review by saying I did not particularly enjoy this book, but it did provide distraction and allowed me to procrastinate my studying further.read more
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did not like as much as herother books. Disappointed bt the ending - anticlimatic.read more
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I love Jodi Picoult! And although this wasn't one of my favorite of hers, I still have to give it to her! I love that she chose this unconventional story. Like all of her books. I love that she thinks outside the box.read more
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I read this one after taking a small break from Jodi Picoult. Her books, no matter what order I read them in, just seemed to get progressively worse. But still, I began this one with a smile. I wasn't exactly impressed. It was just a book. Not tremendously horrible enough for me to rant about, and not incredibly fantastic enough for me to rave about. I just found the whole thing kind of anticlimatic. I get waiting for Jodi's trademark twist....but nothing. Did I miss it? Was it not even big enough for me to qualify a twist or was it simply not there? I just think that she honestly didn't know how to explain Faith, so she just left it hanging. No conclusive endings here. Just unanswered questions. The more righteous among you might say "well, life has unanswered questions, so I suppose she was just being realistic." Well BOO. This is fiction, damnit! Make up some new fancy I-See-God disease if you have to! It would have been something different if I liked the characters more. Mariah was a twit and Colin was a tool. The grandma was spunky, but a little stereoptypical. Even though Faith was supposedly the entire reason for the novel, I felt distant from her. One thing I can't understand is why Mariah was chosen as first person POV, and nobody else was. It would just make more sense to me if Faith was in first person if anyone was. Oh,and the relationshop between Ian and Mariah...Can you say sappy? I can. Sap sap SAPPY But the writing was good like always. Picoult sure knows how to make a sentence. Even though there was less "OMG. This quote is so good! So true! So powerful!" this time around. I shall conclude this review by saying I did not particularly enjoy this book, but it did provide distraction and allowed me to procrastinate my studying further.
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did not like as much as herother books. Disappointed bt the ending - anticlimatic.
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I love Jodi Picoult! And although this wasn't one of my favorite of hers, I still have to give it to her! I love that she chose this unconventional story. Like all of her books. I love that she thinks outside the box.
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For me, this was quite the page-turner. I enjoyed the way that Jodi took a popular religious theme and made it into a realistic story about an everyday mother and daughter, and keeping it convincing the whole time. It explores the idea of religious doubt being challenged by something that nobody can explain, and along the way everybody is forced to question what they truly believe. I was really struck by this story, because it made me wonder how much proof somebody needs that goes against what they believe (or don't believe), in order to cause them to second guess themselves. I guess in this particular case, it depends how attached you are to your skepticism, but also how much beef you have with Christianity that is not related at all to anything the religion actually teaches.The ending does not provide a whole lot of closure, but to me that just reinforces that at the end of the day, we can never absolutely know the answers to spiritual questions; we can only be guided by our own experience.
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Of the few Jodi Piccoult books I have read I found that I liked this less than the others. Although it was an interesting read and intriguing it didn't really have a surprise ending like the other books of hers i've read. It left me with unanswered questions and the ending was very confusing to me. I had to read it several times and still did not understand what it meant. As usual the characters were well developed and social issues come into play. I will continue reading all of Piccoults books and hope to one day figure this one out!
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I was very surprised when I read this. I was sure it was going to be another mass market paperback, read quickly soon forgotten. Instead I was hooked from the first chapter, and raced through it, hardly daring to guess what would happen next.Very well written, I am keen to try others of this author now. It was a really good surprise read. Mariah's husband put her into an institution after she tried to kill herself when she discovered he was having an affair. 7 years later, he does it again, only this time Mariah has her daughter, Faith, to think about. Desperately trying to hold it together for her daughter, she begins to question her abilities as a mother, and when her daughters imaginary friend sets of a chain of events that no-one could have prepared for, Mariah finds her strength tested, and her beliefs shaken.
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