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A Spark of Light: A Novel (Unabridged)

by Jodi Picoult

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The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.  "Picoult at her fearless best... Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate." (The Washington Post) The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic - its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.  After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.  But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.  Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.  Jodi Picoult - one of the most fearless writers of our time - tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation...and, hopefully, understanding.  Advance praise for A Spark of Light: "The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be." (Houston Chronicle) "Picoult delivers another riveting yarn...in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.” (Booklist)

Customer Reviews

So disappointed

I read Jodi's books to escape the political and sad news of the day. I waited and waited for her big surprise, knowing it would come. I came to love all the characters and was left not knowing what happened to many of them. This sadly was just a political novel and I sure was sad to finally realize. At the end Jodi gives a speech about her views. First Picoult book ever that I wish I had not read and I've read and loved them all.

Jodi Picoult, A Spark of Light: A Novel (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Published: 2018
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
  • Presented by Audible.com

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