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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a “sensitive exploration of the balance of love” (Publishers Weekly).Two cousins are driven to extremes by...
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a “sensitive exploration of the balance of love” (Publishers Weekly).Two cousins are driven to extremes by...
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  • From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a “sensitive exploration of the balance of love” (Publishers Weekly).
    Two cousins are driven to extremes by the power of love, as one helps his terminally ill wife commit suicide at her request, and the other becomes involved in a passionate affair with his wife’s new assistant. In the midst of betrayals and trials, forced to confront the limits of their love, these cousins must ask themselves how far the borders of their hearts can extend.

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    “Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.”

    The Boston Globe

    Praise for Jodi Picoult and Mercy

    “An inspired meditation on love. . . . Picoult pays loving attention to her central characters, fashioning a sensitive exploration of the balance of love.”

    Publishers Weekly

    Plain Truth

    A People magazine “Page-Turner of the Week”

    “[A] suspenseful, richly layered drama. . . . From the very start, Picoult draws readers in. . . . Impressive. . . . Picoult’s seventh novel never loses its grip. The research is convincing, the plotting taut, the scenes wonderfully vivid. . . . [An] absorbing, multidimensional portrait of an Amish clan. . . . A hummer of a tale.”

    People (starred review)

    “Absorbing and affecting.”

    Entertainment Weekly

    “Appealing, suspenseful. . . . Reads like a cross between the Harrison Ford movie Witness and Scott Turow’s novel Presumed Innocent, with a dose of television’s The Practice thrown in to spice up the legal dilemmas.”

    The Arizona Republic

    “A magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

    “[Picoult’s] novels never disappoint the reader. Plain Truth is no exception. . . . The ending [is] extremely clever and delightfully surprising.”

    —Ann Hood, The Providence Sunday Journal

    “[A] well-paced story, which focuses on a unique way of life. . . . Her courtroom scenes are exciting and realistic.”

    Library Journal

    “Jodi Picoult is a gifted storyteller whose compelling works profoundly impact her audience. . . . [A] warm, insightful novel.”

    The Midwest Book Review

    Acclaim for the Previous Fiction of Jodi Picoult

    “So good that we can’t put it down. It is suspenseful, intelligently written, topical.”

    Detroit Free Press

    “Addictively readable, raising valid questions about religion without getting maudlin. For a novel, that in itself is a miracle.”

    Entertainment Weekly

    “Picoult offers a perfectly pitched take on the great mysteries of the heart. Her best yet.”

    Kirkus Reviews

    “Makes you wonder about God. And that is a rare moment, indeed, in modern fiction.”

    USA Today

    “Caramel-smooth prose.”

    The New York Times Book Review

    “Picoult is a writer of high energy and conviction. . . . She forges a finely honed, commanding, and cathartic drama.”

    Booklist

    “Anyone who doubts that there is any more vivid, original fiction being written must read The Pact. Jodi Picoult has written a truly fine book.”

    —Anne Rivers Siddons

    “[Picoult has] a remarkable ability to make us share her characters’ feelings.”

    People

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 29, 1996
    What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's (following Picture Perfect, 1995) hands, an inspired meditation on love. The setting is Wheelock, Mass., a slightly eccentric town where most of the residents are of Scottish descent, where weddings end in a blood vow, the name MacDonald is "painted on an alarming number of mailboxes" and police chief Cameron MacDonald doubles as clan chief and protector. On a seemingly ordinary day in Wheelock, Jamie MacDonald, a cousin of Cameron's, drives to the police station and announces: "My wife here, Maggie, is dead, and I'm the one who killed her." Cam finds himself saddled with a murder case and a conflict of interest: his cousin has given in to the pleas of his cancer-ravaged wife to kill her, and he's come to the clan chief to confess. But as police chief, Cam must also prosecute. On the same day, Cam's wife, Allie, the local florist, hires Mia, a violet-eyed beauty with a genius for flower arranging. Allie gets involved in Jamie's case, and Cam, who has spent his life in service to his community and his clan, falls in love with Mia and begins an affair that will bring his marriage to the breaking point and change it profoundly. Like Jamie, Allie is the marriage partner who loves more. "It's never fifty-fifty," says Jamie. As Jamie's court case proceeds, Picoult plumbs the emotional core of both marriages. The pace of the trial is slow, but Picoult pays loving attention to her central characters, fashioning a sensitive exploration of the balance of love.

  • Library Journal

    July 1, 1996
    Cameron MacDonald is both the chief of police in the Massachusetts village of Wheelock and the reluctant figurehead chieftain of the MacDonald clan, which immigrated there in the late 1700s. Thus it is to Cam that his cousin Jamie turns after he accedes to his suffering wife's wish and helps her to die. Cam, who longs to travel and free himself from his family obligation, arrests Jamie for first-degree murder but then hires a lawyer for him. On that same day, exotic young Mia wanders into the village and is hired by Cam's wife, Allie, to help out in her florist shop. Cam and Allie have reached a comfortable plateau in their marriage, but both sense that something is missing. Mia and Cam are irresistibly drawn to each other, she to his established place in local society and he to her itinerant lifestyle. The story explores love and the intricate balance of give and take that marriage demands. Picoult (Picture Perfect, LJ 1/95) offers a well-written novel with touches of spirituality that are reminiscent of Alice Hoffman's stories. Highly recommended for most collections.--Kathleen Stevens, Fairfax Cty. P. L., Vir.

  • Booklist

    July 1, 1996
    Picoult, author of "Picture Perfect", has, once again, walked the fine line between fluff and worthwhile drama to create a high-caliber romance. The setting is a small Massachusetts town where Cameron MacDonald, a modern incarnation of a Scottish laird, is the handsome, well-respected police chief, but in spite of appearances, he's quite unhappy and emotionally ill-prepared for the arrival of two unsettling strangers: a long-forgotten cousin, Jamie, who is carrying the body of his adored wife, Maggie, in his truck, and Mia, a beautiful, penniless traveler seeking shelter for herself, her cat Kafka, and her bonsai trees. It is Allie, Cam's calm, competent, and loving wife, a florist, who offers Jamie, who has confessed to the mercy killing of his terminally ill wife, succor and who provides Mia with a job. But, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished, and Allie must contend with Cam and Mia's hot little affair. A graceful stylist, Picoult entertains her readers not only with feel-good storytelling and irresistible characters but with consideration of such serious moral dilemmas as euthanasia and forgiveness. ((Reviewed July 1996))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1996, American Library Association.)

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