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ISBN13: 9780743496742
ISBN10: 0743496744
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The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

Review:

"Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival — an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book. 1,000,000-million copy first printing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Shay Bourne is a prisoner on death row, convicted of killing a little girl and her stepfather. With the help of an ACLU lawyer and a sympathetic priest, Shay spends his last weeks petitioning to donate his heart to the sister of the girl he murdered, an 11-year-old who suffers from pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy. At the same time, prison officers and inmates claim that Shay has been performing miracles,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Picoult tackles the most complicated personal and political issues with compassion and clarity, and her fans will want this one." School Library Journal

Review:

"Turning the pages, all you'll care about is what happens next. That's the mark of pretty much every Jodi Picoult book, and it's the reason she keeps topping best-seller lists." San Antonio Express-News

Review:

"[H]ands down Jodi Picoult's most thought-provoking novel to date. You may not believe in the death penalty, or you may scoff at religion, but you cannot deny the astonishing power this story holds." Bookreporter.com

Review:

"Change of Heart is an emotionally charged page-turner that reaffirms the possibility of miracles in the modern world." Charlotte Observer

Review:

"[J]ust 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! (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Clunky prose and long-winded dissertations on comparative religion can't impede the breathless momentum of the Demon-Drop plot." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of Nineteen Minutes, presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and a criminal's last chance at gaining salvation.

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.

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bthompson12603, July 25, 2008 (view all comments by bthompson12603)
This book kept me reading, each chapter changed to a different character and kept you interested through different views. A few chapters seemed out of place, almost like the author just wanted to show off what she knew about religion...a few of the facts where necessary but the rest I could have done without. Overall a good read with some very intriguing questions about that are easy to answer until you are actually in the position to make the decisions. What crimes deserve the death penalty, how should it be carried out, who is able to decide these things without prejudice? Also would you be able to save your daughter with the heart of her sister's killer?
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cooperstory, March 26, 2008 (view all comments by cooperstory)
A great story combined with all sorts of interesting questions about salvation, redemption, justice, and miracles
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bbemily, March 24, 2008 (view all comments by bbemily)
Jodi Picoult's fifteenth novel is more bland than her past novels. Her signature questions are not so hard to answer this time around. Instead, the reader asks-what mother would deny a heart for her dying daughter? Picoult seems to be writing a book about religion just for the sake of it. The plot twists are here, but this book is lacking in powerful emotions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743496742
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080304
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 464 pages Atria - English 9780743496742 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival — an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book. 1,000,000-million copy first printing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Picoult tackles the most complicated personal and political issues with compassion and clarity, and her fans will want this one."
"Review" by , "Turning the pages, all you'll care about is what happens next. That's the mark of pretty much every Jodi Picoult book, and it's the reason she keeps topping best-seller lists."
"Review" by , "[H]ands down Jodi Picoult's most thought-provoking novel to date. You may not believe in the death penalty, or you may scoff at religion, but you cannot deny the astonishing power this story holds."
"Review" by , "Change of Heart is an emotionally charged page-turner that reaffirms the possibility of miracles in the modern world."
"Review" by , "[J]ust 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! (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "Clunky prose and long-winded dissertations on comparative religion can't impede the breathless momentum of the Demon-Drop plot."
"Synopsis" by , Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of Nineteen Minutes, presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and a criminal's last chance at gaining salvation.
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