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"If empathy is an inoculation against violence, then Picoult's own compassion for her characters goes beyond good storytelling to political statement; she models the deep sympathy that might have averted the tragedy....She even takes us inside the bullies, revealing that they too are constantly nervous about their own place in the hierarchy. After all, when masculinity is a zero-sum game — when asserting it means undermining someone else's — everyone's status is uncertain." Jessica Stites, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five....In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens — until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.

Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who — if anyone — has the right to judge someone else?

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"Bestseller Picoult (My Sister's Keeper) takes on another contemporary hot-button issue in her brilliantly told new thriller, about a high school shooting. Peter Houghton, an alienated teen who has been bullied for years by the popular crowd, brings weapons to his high school in Sterling, N.H., one day and opens fire, killing 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. Alex Cormier, the judge assigned to Peter's case, tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, Josie, one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting. The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Early in 'Nineteen Minutes,' Detective Patrick Ducharme walks through a deserted crime scene. Artifacts have been left behind: 'the Wonder-bread sandwiches scarred by only one bite; the tub of Cherry Bomb lip gloss ... the salt-and-pepper composition notebooks filled with study sheets on Aztec civilization and margin notes about the current one: I luv Zach S!!!' It's eerily ordinary — until... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Every bit as gripping and moving as Picoult's previous novels, Nineteen Minutes will no doubt garner considerable attention for its controversial subject and twist ending." Booklist

Review:

"Picoult has that rare ability to write about an unnerving subject in a way readers will find absorbing....Her 14th novel, perhaps her best, is highly recommended...." Library Journal

Review:

"Jodi Picoult is a rare writer who delivers, book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial....No reader can possibly foresee the book's stunning denouement. This is vintage Picoult, expertly crafted, thought-provoking, and compelling. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

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"Nineteen Minutes may not plumb great psychological depths or scale literary heights....And yet its very ordinariness gives it surprising power." USA Today

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"A tale that invites discomfort, Nineteen Minutes is not for the skittish reader." Charlotte Observer

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"Conventional suspense readers may not find Picoult fresh or complex enough, but her compelling legal and courtroom drama, combined with honest insights into the world of teens, succeeds overall." Providence Journal

Review:

"Picoult's adept character development and intelligent plot twists make for a story that runs deeper than mere voyeurism or titillation." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Usually so adept at shaping the big stories with nuance, Picoult here takes a tragically familiar event, pads it with plot, but leaves out the subtleties of character....Picoult falters in her exploration of what turns a quiet kid into a murderer." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"There are reasons why Ms. Picoult's books are so widely read....These novels have soap-opera momentum, and they guarantee comforting closure." Janet Maslin, New York Times

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Vanishing Acts returns with her most absorbing novel yet, the poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting. This is a riveting, thought-provoking tale with a jaw-dropping ending.

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About the Author

Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of fourteen novels, including The Tenth Circle, Vanishing Acts, and My Sister's Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association's Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. Recently, she penned several issues of Wonder Woman for DC Comics. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.jodipicoult.com.

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jnewbry, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by jnewbry)
This book gave a unique and heart wrenching look at an important issue from several different perspectives. It affected me profoundly.
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Lynda East, January 2, 2008 (view all comments by Lynda East)
Many readers quickly reject this novel because they perceive the subject matter, a school shooting, as too painful. Those readers miss an excellent, compassionate opportunity to learn, and thus, to prevent further damage to our youth.
By exposing the reader to the feelings of the shooter, a victim, the parents of both, the lawyer, and the police, Ms.Picoult offers her readers a range of emotions with whom to ponder, perhaps even identify
Again, as with her excellent previous novels, Jodi Picoult forces her readers to search their values and assumptions, a lofty goal for every author, met by few.
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rwilson, September 24, 2007 (view all comments by rwilson)
This book will wring your heart and blow your mind. It's an inside view to school shootings, especially when the shooter has been bullied. You can read it as an adolescent novel or one for adults--it's genuine enough to work both ways. And if you are a teen--or you work with kids--you musn't miss this important book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743496728
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Lawyers
Subject:
Crimes against
Subject:
High school students
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
New hampshire
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Picoult (My Sister's Keeper) takes on another contemporary hot-button issue in her brilliantly told new thriller, about a high school shooting. Peter Houghton, an alienated teen who has been bullied for years by the popular crowd, brings weapons to his high school in Sterling, N.H., one day and opens fire, killing 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. Alex Cormier, the judge assigned to Peter's case, tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, Josie, one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting. The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "If empathy is an inoculation against violence, then Picoult's own compassion for her characters goes beyond good storytelling to political statement; she models the deep sympathy that might have averted the tragedy....She even takes us inside the bullies, revealing that they too are constantly nervous about their own place in the hierarchy. After all, when masculinity is a zero-sum game — when asserting it means undermining someone else's — everyone's status is uncertain." (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Every bit as gripping and moving as Picoult's previous novels, Nineteen Minutes will no doubt garner considerable attention for its controversial subject and twist ending."
"Review" by , "Picoult has that rare ability to write about an unnerving subject in a way readers will find absorbing....Her 14th novel, perhaps her best, is highly recommended...."
"Review" by , "Jodi Picoult is a rare writer who delivers, book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial....No reader can possibly foresee the book's stunning denouement. This is vintage Picoult, expertly crafted, thought-provoking, and compelling. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Nineteen Minutes may not plumb great psychological depths or scale literary heights....And yet its very ordinariness gives it surprising power."
"Review" by , "A tale that invites discomfort, Nineteen Minutes is not for the skittish reader."
"Review" by , "Conventional suspense readers may not find Picoult fresh or complex enough, but her compelling legal and courtroom drama, combined with honest insights into the world of teens, succeeds overall."
"Review" by , "Picoult's adept character development and intelligent plot twists make for a story that runs deeper than mere voyeurism or titillation."
"Review" by , "Usually so adept at shaping the big stories with nuance, Picoult here takes a tragically familiar event, pads it with plot, but leaves out the subtleties of character....Picoult falters in her exploration of what turns a quiet kid into a murderer."
"Review" by , "There are reasons why Ms. Picoult's books are so widely read....These novels have soap-opera momentum, and they guarantee comforting closure."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Vanishing Acts returns with her most absorbing novel yet, the poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting. This is a riveting, thought-provoking tale with a jaw-dropping ending.
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