Jodi Picoult is the author of multiple novels about women and families. Though decidedly more of a women’s lit author, I enjoy her work immensely, much more than any of the other flotsam and jetsam that washes up in chick lit. Not that her work is really chick lit. It’s more literature on women’s issues. And cool stuff. Like magic. See Keeping Faith.
Picoult’s language is very beautiful. Maybe flowery for some people’s tastes, but I love it. I think she puts together words and phrases like poetry. The other notable thing about Picoult is that she is/was a layer and as many of her books figure trials, those scenes are incredibly realistic, compelling, and clever. If you’re a writer looking for examples about dealing with crime/investigations in fiction, I recommend studying Picoult’s trial scenes. She handles them with ease.
If you’ve seen the movie or heard anything about My Sister’s Keeper, probably the most famous of her works, you know that Picoult is known for tackling tough topics. Which she does with dignity and aplomb while reaching deep and manipulating the reader’s emotions.
I’ve always had the experience (with the exception of Song of the Humpback Whale, her first novel) that her books are quick reads. They’re lengthy books, but they draw you in. Picoult is a masterful storyteller, one of the best writing today.
Picoult works I have read:
My Sister’s Keeper
Harvesting the Heart
The Tenth Circle
Change of Heart
Handle With Care
Other Jodi Picoult works:
Song of the Humpback Whale (couldn’t finish)
Sing You Home
Lone Wolf (just released!)
Book Blogger Thoughts:
My Sister’s Keeper at Curled Up With A Good Book
Keeping Faith at Bibliohistoria
The Tenth Circle at Always with A Book
Nineteen Minutes at Caribousmom
Plain Truth at A Chick Who Reads