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A Spark of Light

from the author everyone should be reading

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'A writer the world needs to be reading right now' The Independent

'An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision.' Red

'A very special novel about a very difficult subject.' Grazia

'Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios' The Sunday Times The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice. Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.

Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.

Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people - the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment - to this point.

And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.
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A writer the world needs to be reading right now The Independent
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Jodi Picoult, geboren 1967 auf Long Island, New York, lebt heute nach ihrem Studium in Princeton und Harvard mit ihrem Mann und den drei Kindern in Hannover, New Hampshire. Sie gehört zu den faszinierendsten angelsächsischen Erzählern und besitzt die seltene Gabe, die Zerbrechlichkeit und Komplexität menschlicher Beziehungen in ihren Romanen festhalten zu können. 2003 wurde sie mit dem New England Book Award ausgezeichnet. Zuletzt erschienen auf deutsch mit großem Erfolg ihre Romane »Beim Leben meiner Schwester« und »Die Wahrheit meines Vaters«.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 384
Erscheinungsdatum 09.10.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4447-8813-6
Verlag Hodder And Stoughton
Maße (L/B/H) 23.4/15.3/3.1 cm
Gewicht 496 g
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A Spark of Light
von Miss.mesmerized am 20.10.2018
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An ordinary day at the so called Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Women come there to get information about how to prevent a pregnancy, others to end an unwelcome one. Protesters outside belong to the everyday work as well as security measures before getting inside. But on this sunny days, things go wrong when a man with a gun wa... An ordinary day at the so called Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Women come there to get information about how to prevent a pregnancy, others to end an unwelcome one. Protesters outside belong to the everyday work as well as security measures before getting inside. But on this sunny days, things go wrong when a man with a gun walks in to revenge the grand-child he never had. How can these women dare to decide on another person’s life? George Goddard will teach them a lesson. Outside, Hugh McElroy will try everything to keep the number of victims low, especially since his sister and daughter are in the Center. When I started the novel, I was fairly astonished even before getting to the first chapter: the novel is told from the end and starts in the late afternoon of that day. This is quite an interesting idea and admittedly I had some doubts if this might actually work out. But it does and suspense is not diminished at all, since there is still a lot to be revealed even when going through the story the wrong way around. I read other novels of Jodi Picoult before and again, the author did completely fulfil my expectations. She once more chose a highly controversial topic to which you cannot find an easy solution. The women as well as the doctors who are in the Center at the moment the shooter enters all have their individual stories that led them there: a pro-life activist in disguise, a nurse who doubts her boyfriend’s motivation of marrying her and who wants to offer him the possibility of going on in life without her, another young woman who herself had to grow up knowing how it feels if you are not loved and only a burden, a girl who just wants to get a pill – you don’t feel like they didn’t think about what they do before they decided to go to the Center on that day. But the situation between life and death – their life and death – puts the decision they had taken to another test. Especially poignant is the constellation of having the detective in charge’s daughter in the clinic. This adds another very personal aspect to the whole story. It is not a story about pro-life vs. abortion advocates. Even though this is the initial starting point, Picoult focuses on the individual characters and their respective situation. Neither does she put their decision to the test nor excuse any decision taken. It could have been another connecting element that brings those characters together, what they experience is the moment in life where all could be over and when you inevitably have to question yourself about what is important for you and if it has been worth living. I really like her style of wiring and particularly the characters she creates, thus for me, another remarkable novel not to be missed.

The Right to Live vs. the Right to Choose
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 11.10.2018

If you were called to a hostage situation and found out your daughter was one of the victims held captive, what would you do? When Hugh, dedicated father and policeman, is called to a Center for Women's Reproductive Health, because an active shooter is holding patients and visitors hostage, he rushes over to defuse the situatio... If you were called to a hostage situation and found out your daughter was one of the victims held captive, what would you do? When Hugh, dedicated father and policeman, is called to a Center for Women's Reproductive Health, because an active shooter is holding patients and visitors hostage, he rushes over to defuse the situation. Being the hostage negotiator on site is stressful enough, but the pro-life protestors crowding the vicinity don't exactly help to calm things down either. On top of that Hugh has to learn that his 15-year-old daughter is one of the hostages inside… The instant I finish the latest novel by Jodi Picoult, I can hardly wait for the next one to be announced, that is how much I adore her storytelling. As always Picoult has taken a highly controversial topic, namely pro-life vs. pro-choice, and written a gripping story around it. The way the author presents this much-discussed issue is absolutely neutral, in order for the readers to be able to make up their own minds, and extremely thought-provoking. What's different from the last few books, though, is the way she tells the story. Firstly, it is a third-person narrative rather than a first-person one, which came as quite as a surprise to me, to be honest. Secondly, it is told in reverse, which takes some getting used to, but ultimately increases the suspense. If you want to be swept off your feet by a book that is well-researched, thought-provoking and oftentimes pretty controversial topic-wise, definitely pick up "A Spark of Light", or any novel by this extraordinary author, for that matter.