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Keeping Faith

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Keeping Faith

Current Status:
In Season
Jodi Picoult

We gave it an A-

In a small town in New Hampshire something funny happens to a 7-year-old girl when her parents split up: She starts spouting Bible verses and seeing God. Given that the little girl — named, appropriately enough, Faith — hasn’t been raised in a religious household, it’s a little weird. Then inexplicable things begin happening: Faith’s grandmother goes into cardiac arrest and is resurrected in perfect health, and Faith starts bleeding from both palms. Soon enough, religious junkies begin flocking to her home, and Faith’s horrified father sues for custody. Such a plot could easily fall into the realm of gothic melodrama, but instead in Jodi Picoult’s Keeping Faith, it’s addictively readable, raising valid questions about religion without getting maudlin. For a novel, that in itself is a miracle. A-