Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
A Novel in Five Voices

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Sometimes finding your own voice
is a matter of listening to the heart....

Jodi Picoult's powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment....For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent -- and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by Washington Square Press. 352 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the farm both Rebecca and Jane fall in love, but a tragic accident, Joley's advice to leave because ``sometimes the ideal way isn't the best,'' and Oliver's confession of love and repentance--all will convince Jane to go back home.

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As Picoult uses five voices to tell a complex tale of love, friendship and a Faulknerian family history, her mastery of language strongly individuates her characters. The primary voice in this accompl

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She has always been satisfied with her comfortable and normal life in California, living in a normal house with her normal daughter Rebecca.

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Jane relates the events that occur from San Diego to Stow, while Rebecca tells the story in reverse, flashing back from the climax.

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The Bookbag

There were some very cleverly crafted chapters in the middle of the book where three consecutive chapters told by Jane, Rebecca and Oliver all converge on the same time and place.

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Reviewing the Evidence

For the readership that missed the initial release of Jodi Picoult's debut novel, SONGS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE, the reappearance of the appealing novel in smaller paperback format should prove very welcome.

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Zimbio

If you are a die-hard Picoult fan and you’ve not yet read this feel free to give it a go, if you’ve never read Picoult before then give this one a miss or it will put you off reading her later - and much better - novels.

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Before reading this novel, all I knew of Jodi Picoult (apparently pronounced pee-KOE) was that she was a multi-million-selling novelist writing ‘hot topic’ women’s fiction, and that her novel My Sister’s Keeper was picked for Amanda Ross’s Richard and Judy Book Club.

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