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From the national bestselling author of PLAIN TRUTH comes an acclaimed, richly atmospheric novel about a teacher undone by a disturbing modern-day witch hunt. Tall, blonde and handsome, Jack McBride was once a beloved teacher and football coach at a girl's school, until a student's crush sparked a powder-keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life; taking a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner, and slowly forming a relationship with her. But just when it seems like his life is back on track, Jack finds himself the object of fresh accusations of rape brought on by a coven of bewitching teenage girls from Salem Falls, and history repeats itself as Jack's hidden past catches up with him. In a sleepy hamlet haunted by enduring love and wicked deceit, Picoult masterfully leads readers toward a truly shocking finale.

Synopsis:

Tall, blonde and handsome, Jack McBride was once a beloved teacher and football coach at a girl's school, until a student's crush sparked a powder-keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now after an eight-month jail sentence, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life.

Synopsis:

Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him.

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets — and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.

Synopsis:

Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him.

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets — and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.

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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chrismarie1971, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by chrismarie1971)
I've been making my way through all of Jodi Picoult's books and have read 5 now. This is, by far, my favorite. She seems to have a common theme in her books and yet, she still surprised me by this one and had me glued to it. I finished it in 2 days...that's how engrossed I was. And the last very sentence stunned me and had me aching for more.

And Powell's offered a cheaper ebook than anyone else on the internet and I liked the Adobe Digital Editions Interface. It was much nicer medium to read on than PDF (it let you bookmark your position). I never did try and put it on my Kindle which would be the true test, in my mind.
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chrismarie1971, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by chrismarie1971)
I've been making my way through all of Jodi Picoult's books and have read 5 now. This is, by far, my favorite. She seems to have a common theme in her books and yet, she still surprised me by this one and had me glued to it. I finished it in 2 days...that's how engrossed I was. And the last very sentence stunned me and had me aching for more.

And Powell's offered a cheaper ebook than anyone else on the internet and I liked the Adobe Digital Editions Interface. It was much nicer medium to read on than PDF (it let you bookmark your position). I never did try and put it on my Kindle which would be the true test, in my mind.
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chrismarie1971, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by chrismarie1971)
I've been making my way through all of Jodi Picoult's books and have read 5 now. This is, by far, my favorite. She seems to have a common theme in her books and yet, she still surprised me by this one and had me glued to it. I finished it in 2 days...that's how engrossed I was. And the last very sentence stunned me and had me aching for more.

And Powell's offered a cheaper ebook than anyone else on the internet and I liked the Adobe Digital Editions Interface. It was much nicer medium to read on than PDF (it let you bookmark your position). I never did try and put it on my Kindle which would be the true test, in my mind.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743418713
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
New hampshire
Subject:
Witches
Subject:
Diners (Restaurants)
Subject:
Romantic suspense novels
Subject:
Ex-convicts
Subject:
Diners
Subject:
Preparatory school teachers
Subject:
Statutory rape
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Romantic suspense fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton;
Subject:
heart-warming; jennifer weiner; jody picoult; jodi picot; plagiarism; nick cassavetes; change of heart; rape
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.27x5.28x1.30 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743418713 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Tall, blonde and handsome, Jack McBride was once a beloved teacher and football coach at a girl's school, until a student's crush sparked a powder-keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now after an eight-month jail sentence, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life.
"Synopsis" by , Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him.

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets — and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.

"Synopsis" by , Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him.

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets — and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.

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