Second Nature by Jacquelyn Mitchard
A Love Story

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New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s novels, with their riveting stories and unforgettable characters, have won the hearts of millions of readers. Now, from the author of The Deep End of the Ocean and No Time to Wave Goodbye, comes the fierce and moving tale of one woman’s fight for her identity and her life when fate holds out a second chance.

Sicily Coyne was just thirteen when her father was killed in a school fire that left her face disfigured. Twelve years later, a young surgeon, Eliza Cappadora, offers hope in the form of a revolutionary new surgery that may give Sicily back the grace and function she lost. Raised by a dynamic, tenacious aunt who taught her to lead a normal life, and engaged to a wonderful man who knew her long before the accident, Sicily rejects the offer: She knows who she is, and so do the people who love her. But when a secret surfaces that shatters Sicily’s carefully constructed world, she calls off the wedding and agrees to the radical procedure in order to begin a new life.

Her beauty restored virtually overnight, Sicily rushes toward life with open arms, seeking new experiences, adventures, and, most of all, love. But she soon discovers that her new face carries with it risks that no one could have imagined. Confronting a moral and medical crisis that quickly becomes a matter of life and death, Sicily is surrounded by experts and loving family, but the choice that will transform her future, for better or worse, is one she must make alone.

An intense and moving story of courage, consequence, and possibility, Second Nature showcases the acclaimed storyteller at her very best.

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About Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the very first Oprah Book Club pick, as well as more than twenty other critically acclaimed books for adults and teens. A nominee for several national and international awards, she served on the 2004 Fiction Jury for the National Book Award. In addition, she is a longtime journalist and regular contributor to Real Simple and Parade magazines.
Published September 6, 2011 by Random House. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A face transplant transforms a burn victim into a beauty, but presents new dilemmas.

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Mitchard's (The Deep End of the Ocean) fans are familiar with the Cappadoras, a family that has suffered the most improbable tragedies. This time out they enter the story through Sicily Coyne, a young

Jul 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Second Nature: A Love Story

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A love story, Second Nature, the newest book by best-selling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, is not just one love story but many love stories wrapped into one.

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Since her very first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was chosen by Oprah as her premier book club selection, and consequently became a bestseller, a star-powered movie and a favorite of millions of readers, Jacquelyn Mitchard has continually refined her craft.

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At 13, a fire drastically altered Sicily Coyne’s life by not only killing her firefighter father but by completely destroying her face.

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Jacquelyn Mitchard, a faculty member in Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program in Fiction and Nonfiction, and a best-selling novelist, writes what some are referring to as her most effective novel yet.

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