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Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Tenth Circle, pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy.

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens — until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes — or can she? 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 asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.


"Jodi Picoult's books explore all the shades of gray in a world too often judged in black and white." St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"Picoult spins fast-paced tales of family dysfunction, betrayal, and redemption.... [Her] depiction of these rites of contemporary adolescence is exceptional: unflinching, unjudgmental, utterly chilling." The Washington Post


"A master of the craft of storytelling." AP Newswire


About the Author

Jodi Picoult received a BA 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 twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at

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Ryn Tintin, September 24, 2014 (view all comments by Ryn Tintin)
Is there a word for that hangover-like feeling you get after reading a good book? When you just can't stop thinking about what you just read and wander through the day in a haze? Even if there isn't, this book definitely gave me that sensation. Really stunning, easy to read but with amazing depth and development in the characters. The ending even has a twist that I should have seen coming, but I was too caught up in the book to ever catch in advance! Jodi Picoult takes a difficult subject and manages to humanize it in ways I'm not sure many would attempt or think possible.
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kchancela, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by kchancela)
An outstanding read by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. In this book, she explores the many lives of those impacted by a school shooting. I read it earlier in the year but the story kept haunting me as the news unfolded about the Sandy Hook tragedy. It truly helped me approach that event with much more compassion and clarity. I highly recommend this novel.
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Elizabeth Waage, February 7, 2011 (view all comments by Elizabeth Waage)
It is a beautifully written story that hits close to home for just about anybody. It hurt to read the first couple of chapters as I could see the story that was unfolding. I almost had to stop reading it. And even as I kept reading, it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. She details all of the events leading up to the main event and I just wanted to grab the characters and shake them to stop their actions. Wonderful book.
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Product Details

Picoult, Jodi
Washington Square Press
General Fiction
High school students
New hampshire
Literature-A to Z
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8.26x5.30x1.30 in. .87 lbs.

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Product details 480 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743496735 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Jodi Picoult's books explore all the shades of gray in a world too often judged in black and white."
"Review" by , "Picoult spins fast-paced tales of family dysfunction, betrayal, and redemption.... [Her] depiction of these rites of contemporary adolescence is exceptional: unflinching, unjudgmental, utterly chilling."
"Review" by , "A master of the craft of storytelling."
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