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Spark of Light
Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center--a women's reproductive health services clinic--its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Jodi Picoult--one of the most fearless writers of our time--tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Yay!! Ive been waiting for a new Picoult!!

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intothehallofbooks
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Mehso-so

This one gets a so-so from me because the structure was disappointing to me and to my entire book club. One member said she read the chapters in reverse order, from the end of the book to the beginning—I wish I‘d thought of that!! I also feel like I want a little bit more info about some of the characters at the end. Good story, and thought-provoking, but I didn‘t absolutely love it.

My book club had a fantastic discussion about this one!!

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My current read, also my book club‘s selection for this week. I‘m not even halfway thru it, but I‘m sure this will be a lively and engaging discussion.

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mom2bugnbee
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Not my favorite of hers, but still gripping. And still with twists at the end.

⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

A book that takes place in a single day - #pop19

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Clwojick 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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Clwojick I love a good dose of Jodi Picoult 2mo
mom2bugnbee @Clwojick Always heart-wrenching but, oh, so good. 2mo
QuietlyLaura I‘ve been forbidden to google anything health related! 🙃 2mo
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Wendyloohoo77
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I‘ve always loved Jodi Picoult. I love that she tackles hard subjects and writes about them in a way that no matter what side you‘re on, you‘re able to see the subject from all sides. This book, however, felt unfinished to me. The characters themselves as well as the ending of the story - I just wanted and expected more. I didn‘t mind the WAY the book was written, sort of end to beginning, I just think she left too much hanging. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Amiable
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My friend sent me this book about a gunman who shoots up an abortion clinic. I‘m still heading to my volunteer shift this morning as a patient escort at Planned Parenthood. 💪🏼

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Good luck!! 🍀 2mo
kaysworld1 Your a star for all those ladies 💖 2mo
BethM Good for you! 2mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto Thank you for doing that! ❤️ 2mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️🥰👏🙌You are amazing! Thank you for doing that important job! 2mo
Melismatic 🤗 2mo
JacqMac Love! 💕 2mo
LapReader What a wonderful woman you are. The world needs more women like you. I would be so grateful for your support. 2mo
Amiable @LapReader Aww, you are making me weepy! Thanks for the kind words. I‘m really nobody special, though —anyone can do it. 2mo
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Eggs So pretty! 2mo
IvoryLunatic What is the second one from the bottom? It looks very pretty. 2mo
squirrelbrain @IvoryLunatic - it‘s this one, it does have a gorgeous cover! 2mo
IvoryLunatic @squirrelbrain thank you! I‘ve only ever seen it from the front. I‘m on the waitlist for this at the library. 2mo
squirrelbrain @IvoryLunatic - I hope you‘ll enjoy it - I did! 2mo
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Lindsay.Butier
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Started this book at 2 o‘clock yesterday and just finished it. All I can say is wow. No matter your political stance, no matter your religion, open your mind and heart and read this

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APLitlife
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My favorite author does it again. 12 hour drive home was perfect to start and finish this gem.

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Soubhiville
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I have mixed feelings about this one. I think the story was good, and I liked the characters. The backwards timeline was what I didn‘t care for. It didn‘t detract enough that I couldn‘t enjoy the book, but I would have preferred a more traditional approach.

Still a pick for me though. 🙂

Kboltz @Soubhiville I felt the same way about this book. 🙃 4mo
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Jacki_Reads
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I took a break from YA fiction to read this. I used to love her books... so I thought, why not?! I enjoyed the storyline over this controversial topic. Piccoult really shows that people can have different opinions and work together. To take time and listen to what others have to say-but to remain kind and good-hearted. My main complaint is the backwards plot setup. Unique, but I felt like I didn‘t get closure on the characters I loved. Good, tho!

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Soubhiville
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“We are all just canvases for our scars.”

I don‘t always believe this, but it hit home when I heard it today.

Wishing ❤️ to any out there who need it.

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This month's book club read. While this subject matter is not my cup of tea, my hat goes off to Jodi Picoult. She is always able to write about difficult subject matters in a thoughtful, logical, and balanced way.

It should be noted that the audiobook narrator is excellent with this title.

#audiobooks #audiobook #listening #currentlylistening #bookclub

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Rissa1
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I would reccomend this book. Did this book change me stance? No. This book did bring up questions that I looked into. This book supports my stance that you don't have to agree with someone to be kind. You can hear an opinion without getting heated.

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Rissa1
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This has been a great Friday so far! #bookmail #bookhaul

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crazyspine
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Although I enjoyed this book, I can see why it has a lot of bad reviews. Picoult does not try to hide her personal opinion regarding this controversial issue. I did really enjoy this book until the end. There are A LOT of developed characters, so I was frustrated that not all of their outcomes were as clearly detailed as others.

Reggie I loved Izzy in here. To go from poverty to who she was. I just loved her. 5mo
crazyspine @Reggie. Actually love Izzy too, but the one thing I was disappointed they didn't go into a lot of detail after the twist with her 5mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I‘m the only person in the office today.

Perfect day to audiobook while getting stuff done.

This audiobook feels especially timely with the (pardon my language) fucking shit show in Alabama.

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Discussion Question Number Three.

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Discussion Question Number Two.

Samplergal I loved the book. It makes you think that there are many shades of grey. No black and white. I didn‘t change my opinion at all because I think it‘s totally up to a woman and her dr. Period. 6mo
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Discussion Question Number One.

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Kathrin
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We had a fantastic discussion today about a very controversial topic. I have tremendously enjoyed the conversation today with the ladies of the LitsyBookClub. Join us in May for “The Alice Network“.

Daisey Agreed! It was a great discussion today! 6mo
tpixie Yes! Great discussion! So great seeing you all! Missed @bookworm83 and @Graciouswarriorprincess 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Sorry that I missed this discussion. I spent the day in bed with my back having spasms. I hope to see everyone next month. 6mo
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Kathrin @Graciouswarriorprincess I hope you get to feel better soon! 6mo
SoniaC I couldn‘t agree more. Great conversation with some wonderful ladies. 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Kathrin Thank you! I am so sorry that I missed it. After I took a muscle relaxer, I sleep until this morning. 6mo
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Please join us tomorrow at 2pm ET for our live discussion of A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. Here is the link to join the discussion:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/228385818

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Daisey
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This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but it‘s a pick because overall I think the story serves its purpose well and I was continuously engaged in that story. I had some frustrations with the backwards timeline, especially through the middle, but I could see the value of that method in how certain topics were discussed later and the way key points were revealed towards the end.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

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This starts in the middle of things and then backs up hour by hour. It felt more like a gimmick than an effective format, and by the end I was just sort of annoyed that I kept reading. A couple of moments of brilliance, but overall not one I'd recommend.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 6mo
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ExpatsandEnglishBooks
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Celebrating #worldbookday with one of my favorite authors! 🌎📖 What Book are you reading today? #books #booklr #bookstagram #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #jodipicoult

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Daisey
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This week‘s listen for #LitsyBookClub

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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

I found this book incredibly engaging and unputdownable, but the backwards timeline was confusing and the author tried to put every single issue into the narrative and therefore the storytelling felt artificial.

And while this book tried to be a feminist novel, I really disliked the “daddy‘s little (pure) princess” undertones.

KristenDuck Not my favorite from Picoult :( 6mo
Daisey I‘m appreciating this, but I like the backwards timeline less and less as I go on. Still curious to see how it‘s wrapped up in the end. 6mo
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JenniferEgnor
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I loved this book. Reproductive freedom is something I‘ve always felt very strongly about and I‘ve researched it going back to classical antiquity. I‘m always looking for more on the subject. This book shows both perspectives. One day we women will not have to fight anymore for what is ours! #prochoice

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She folded into herself, an origami of grief.

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Women had been property. Their chastity had always belonged to a man, until abortion and contraception put control of women‘s sexuality in the women‘s hands. If women could have sex without the fear of unwanted pregnancy, then suddenly the man‘s role had shrunk to a level somewhere between unnecessary and vestigial. So instead, men vilified women who had abortions. They created the stigma: good women want to be mothers, bad women don‘t.

I‘m BAD.

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When Wren was little, Hugh had come upstairs to find her scrubbing her face with lemons, trying to get rid of her freckles. I have spots, she had said. I‘m ugly.
You‘re beautiful, he‘d told her, and those are constellations.
The truth was, she was his universe.

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The reason you hold onto someone too tightly isn‘t always to protect them – sometimes it‘s to protect yourself.

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He had looked at her with his beautiful eyes, which no longer reminded Joy of seas she might travel, but of pale glaciers, an ocean of ice.

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Meghan1
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Holy you know what!!! It has been a long time since I read such an emotionally charged book. I loved it!! I haven‘t read Jodi Picoult in a long time, but now I remember why I like her books so much.

MelissaSue81 This is definitely the best Jodi picoult in a long time 6mo
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Hope could do that to a person, Louie knew. Paralyze you inside and out.

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She smiled, but it didn‘t reach her eyes.

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Meghan1
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I just about killed my self at boxing class just now, so my reward will be to go to the library book sale and then to read this gem!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 6mo
MyBookSwapClub Love it! 6mo
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Soubhiville Good for you! Hit that sale hard! 6mo
Meghan1 @Soubhiville I hit that sale so hard my bag is overflowing! 6mo
Soubhiville Pictures needed! 😊📚📚📚 6mo
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She wondered if it would hurt, when she returned to stardust.

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SoniaC
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Started this one today for the @litsybookclub it sure starts out big!

Kathrin I just bought it on Audible because my library hold will not come through in time for the book club. 6mo
SoniaC @Kathrin hope you‘re enjoying it. I‘m completely engrossed. 6mo
Kathrin @SoniaC I am torn. On the one hand I can't put it down, but at the same time, I really find the torn storyline confusing. Also, I feel like she is packing every single issue around abortion into the story. 6mo
SoniaC @Kathrin it does feel like she is loading the story with issues. I think she didn‘t leave a single thing out. 6mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Please join us in the Litsy Book Club in reading this book.

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New month, new book. Please join us this month! Questions, please contact @Bookworm83 to @Graciouswarriorprincess .

erank58 @Bookworm83 @Graciouswarriorprincess this looks like fun! Where can I find the Zoom meeting info to log on? Not sure if I could join this month, but would love to jump in down the road! 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @erank58 The Zoom link will be posted 15 minutes before the meeting. Download the Zoom app and you should just need to sign it with the meeting code. 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @erank58 You‘re welcome! If you have any other questions or need help with Zoom, please let me know. Happy reading and hope that you will join us! 😀 6mo
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JenniferEgnor
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Suddenly the woman‘s eyes blinked open, a lucid and lovely sea green. “You‘ve come to get me, haven‘t you?” she said, smiling softly.
“Oh no,” Izzy replied. “you‘re not going for any tests tonight.”
The woman moved her head inperceptibly. “I‘m not talking to you, honey,”! she said, her gaze fixed somewhere over Izzy‘s shoulder. A moment later, the woman died.

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There‘s this customer at work who reads after she‘s gambled her limit and waits for her husband to finish. She was reading this and got me intrigued. A man shoots up an abortion clinic. Structurally, I wanted to know what this story looked like told forwards and not backwards. It‘s easy I think for us to know which side of the abortion issue we‘re on and what banner we carry but we forget how we‘re all just imperfect human beings first. I 👇🏼

Reggie won‘t forget Wren, Bex, Hugh, George, Louie, Joy, Janine, Beth, or Olive(poor Olive😭😭😭) any time soon. I really liked this book. (edited) 7mo
DivineDiana It‘s the truth. 7mo
tpixie Great review! We‘re reading this for April ‘s #LitsyBookClub 7mo
Reggie @tpixie Thanks, I‘ll be looking for the discussion questions to jump in. 7mo
tpixie This author really knows how to pick her topics! Definitely discussion making! 7mo
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