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Change of Heart

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Change of Heart

Change of Heart

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jodi Picoult
publisher:
Atria
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Jodi Picoult has made her name tackling hot-button issues; in her 15th novel, she grapples with religion and capital punishment. June Nealon’s husband and older daughter have been slain in their home, and now Nealon’s other daughter, Claire, needs a heart transplant. Who should volunteer his heart but Shay Bourne, the convicted murderer? Bourne is no ordinary convict — he can spout the gnostic gospels and turn prison water into wine. There also are doubts about his guilt. Yet just as Picoult reaches Change of Heart‘s climax, her diligent research takes over, blunting all emotional impact. If only she hadn’t been so show-offy about the facts! B