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ISBN13: 9780425185506
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time, The Storyteller, and Nineteen Minutes...

To the outside world, they seem to have it all. Cassie Barrett, a renowned anthropologist, and Alex Rivers, one of Hollywood's hottest actors, met on the set of a motion picture in Africa. They shared childhood tales, toasted the future, and declared their love in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they return to California, something alters the picture of their perfect marriage. A frightening pattern is taking shape—a cycle of hurt, denial, and promises, thinly veiled by glamour. Torn between fear and something that resembles love, Cassie wrestles with questions she never dreamed she would face: How can she leave? Then again, how can she stay?

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Jodi Picoult's novels have been hailed as "engrossing" (People) and "addictively readable" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, the author of Salem Falls and Plain Truth examines the fault lines of a troubled marriage in Picture Perfect-an "unfailingly intelligent...undeniably literary psychological drama."(Booklist)

"Picoult writes with an all-knowing and piercing eye. Hers is an important book from a talented writer we hope to hear from again and again." (Library Journal)

Synopsis:

Jodi Picoult's novels have been hailed as "engrossing" (People) and "addictively readable" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, the author of Salem Falls and Plain Truth examines the fault lines of a troubled marriage in Picture Perfect-an "unfailingly intelligent...undeniably literary psychological drama."(Booklist)

"Picoult writes with an all-knowing and piercing eye. Hers is an important book from a talented writer we hope to hear from again and again." (Library Journal)

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the 2003 New England Book Award Winner for Fiction, honoring her for her body of work.

Picoult was born and raised — happily — on Long Island. "I had such an uneventful childhood that much later, when I was taking writing classes at college, I called home and yelled at my mother, wishing for a little incest or abuse on the side," recalls Picoult. "Good writers, I thought at the time, had to have something to write about. It took me a while to realize that I already did have something to write about — that solid core of family, and of relationships, which seem to form a connective thread through my books."

Her novels, which all center on what it means to love someone, have come out in rapid-fire succession: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), which Picoult wrote when she was six months pregnant with her first child; Harvesting the Heart (1994), which she describes as a reflection of her feelings as a new mother — and her most emotionally autobiographical novel; Picture Perfect (1995); Mercy (1996), a novel about married love and if it's really 50/50 (Picoult says she and husband Tim are still debating this); The Pact (1998); Keeping Faith (1999); Plain Truth (2000); Salem Falls (2001); Perfect Match; and Second Glance 2003 .

Picoult says she really learned to write at Princeton, where she studied creative writing with Mary Morris, who urged her to submit a story to Seventeeen magazine. Picoult was stunned when they published it and a second story a bit later. "That's when I thought I could be a writer," says Picoult.

However, when she graduated from Princeton, she headed not for the word processor, but for Wall Street, and followed that with stints at a textbook publishing company and an ad agency. She also taught creative writing part-time at a high school, got her master's degree in education at Harvard, and married Tim, whom she'd known at Princeton. Soon she was pregnant and had written a thousand page manuscript, which became Songs of the Humpback Whale.

It took a while, but Picoult says she has reconciled writing and motherhood. "I'm a better mother because I have my writing and I'm a better writer because of the experiences of motherhood that have shaped me." At this point, Picoult sees her list of novels growing, but not her family.

"There's nothing more interesting than crawling into a character's head — a head I created, that nonetheless seems to have a mind all its own."

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writermala, July 30, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
My rating of this Jodi Picoult Book as four stars rather than five stars is very unfair and I'll be the first to admit it. If this book had been written by anyone else I'd have given it "five." This book earned a "four" since I expected even more from Picoult!

However, after a few pages the story was gripping and the issue she dealt with is so important. Her handling of this issue was subtle yet graphic and left the reader drained of emotions. The ending was perfect.
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Keisha, January 11, 2011 (view all comments by Keisha)
Picture Perfect, by Jodi Picoult, was a hauntingly beautiful book. The only other book I had read by Picoult was My Sister’s Keeper, which was good but not great. The premise of the book is a failed marriage and a woman’s struggle to find out who she is, so I was willing to give the author another try because it sounded so interesting. I cried many times during this book, and a happy fairytale ending is not guaranteed. Yet the raw emotions Picoult explored in this book make it impossible to put down and simply walk away from the characters. I loved this book because of its ability to elicit strong emotional responses from readers and its memorable main character.

You can read my full review on my blog, Kinda Silly Books, here: http://bit.ly/gWiNr2
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guinnessgal81, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by guinnessgal81)
outstanding book! couldn't put it down, if you're a jodi picoult lover go out and read this book now!!
the way picoult delves into what can be a touchy or controversial subject and draws you into the story from page one is amazing. rather than just reading about Cassie's life, you feel like you're living it with her. what should be a woman's dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare, but this book is also so much more than the typical abuse story. the twists that picoult adds liven up an older story line to make the book really pop.
a must read for any picoult fan, one of my personal favs of hers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425185506
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Women anthropologists
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Marital conflict
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Berkley trade ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
2001-1
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.26x5.22x.98 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Jodi Picoult's novels have been hailed as "engrossing" (People) and "addictively readable" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, the author of Salem Falls and Plain Truth examines the fault lines of a troubled marriage in Picture Perfect-an "unfailingly intelligent...undeniably literary psychological drama."(Booklist)

"Picoult writes with an all-knowing and piercing eye. Hers is an important book from a talented writer we hope to hear from again and again." (Library Journal)

"Synopsis" by , Jodi Picoult's novels have been hailed as "engrossing" (People) and "addictively readable" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, the author of Salem Falls and Plain Truth examines the fault lines of a troubled marriage in Picture Perfect-an "unfailingly intelligent...undeniably literary psychological drama."(Booklist)

"Picoult writes with an all-knowing and piercing eye. Hers is an important book from a talented writer we hope to hear from again and again." (Library Journal)

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