Jodi Picoult

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult…

A Spark of Light paperback

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“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.”
PEOPLE magazine

A Spark of Light

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. Read on »

Critical acclaim…

A Spark Of Light is a book written with warmth and urgency. Picoult sees humans at their best, while understanding them at their most fragile. The story is told in real time, but backwards, a startlingly effective framing device as its texture and tone take on a greater weight than the events it is comprised of...In a lesser writer’s hands, A Spark Of Light could simply be a pacy page turner, but Picoult’s timing is a Brechtian masterstroke. We know what’s going to happen, and instead of breathlessly leading us to an ending, Picoult forces us to focus on the flesh and feelings of everyone who populates the world she has drawn. She makes the political personal, and I believe her novel has the power to alter the landscape at a time when women’s reproductive rights are constantly under threat. ...There’s a lyricism to Picoult’s language, and she sketches her characters vividly and immediately, using the stories they tell as a way of illuminating their creativity and sensitivity. A Spark Of Light is about love and pain, but Picoult never tells you how to feel. She simply explores and promotes the link between intelligence and empathy – and when both qualities are in desperately short supply, I think she’s a writer the world needs to be reading right now.”

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Between the Lines Musical

Have you ever wanted to escape into a book?
What if it became real?

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Between the Lines Musical is coming to Second Stage Theater this Spring!

Tickets are now on sale…

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About the Show:

Based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer, BETWEEN THE LINES is an empowering and enchanting new musical for anyone who has ever sought to find their place in the world. An outsiderin a new town and a new school, Delilah seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur in both extraordinary and astonishing ways, Delilah has to confront whether she has the power to rewrite her story.

Can't wait to see you at Second Stage this spring!

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I invite you to consider purchasing official Jodi Picoult merchandise at my Online Store! It's perfect for those readers who want a piece of my books to stay with them — on their coffee mugs, tote bags, and tees! All proceeds from sales of apparel, accessories, drinkware, and prints will be distributed between three charities near and dear to my heart (and which have a close tie in to thematic elements in certain books of mine): St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Elephant Sanctuary, and The Trevor Project.
—Enjoy! xoxo Jodi


eShorts and Novellas



Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.

Today, she's married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanish —echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there's something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?

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Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in Shine. It's a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things, and introduces readers to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks.

Today is Ruth’s first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York’s Upper East Side couldn’t be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers only see her dark skin. …more

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Catch up with Jodi…

Hale medal

March 8, 2019

Jodi is this year’s recipient of the legendary Hale Award. The Sarah Josepha Hale Award has been presented annually since 1956 and is a New England award given by the trustees of the Richards Free Library (Newport, NH) in recognition of a distinguished body of work in the field of literature and letters. Named for poet Sarah Josepha Hale, the award honors the contribution of one of America’s most powerful women of the Nineteenth Century.

It is estimated that there are 40 million books by Jodi Picoult in print —in 35 countries. Wondering what makes Jodi such a prolific, bestselling author? Learn more about Jodi and read her latest answers to frequently asked questions.

Meet Jodi in person at an upcoming book tour! See new photos and videos and listen to podcasts on Jodi's new media page. And… always get the latest news: sign up to receive her monthly newsletter “From the Desk of Jodi Picoult”.

Cover illustration by Tim Bower

Cover illustration by Tim Bower

Jodi Picoult is ranked in "top ten" of Princeton's 25 most influential living alumni

January 5, 2018. A panel convened in October 2017 to ask the question: who among Princeton's living alumni is doing the most to shape the world of 2018? They proceeded to identify today's 25 most influential alumni. Jodi is tied at #10 with David E. Kelley (creator of the hit TV shows Big Little Lies, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, and Jennifer Weiner (bestselling author of 12 novels including Good in Bed, All Fall Down, and In Her Shoes). She's in rare company with other influential Princetonians including #1 Jeff Bezos, #2 Robert Mueller, #6 tech guru Eric Schmidt (Google) and #8 Michelle Obama.

Jodi is honored to be included in this listing of Princeton alum to shape the world in which we live. right now.

Princeton University Class Day 2016 - Jodi Picoult '87. May 30, 2016


‘Picoult is a master in dissecting and describing the tangle of family relationships and the counterbalance of love.’
— Tampa Tribune

Flip through Jodi's books

Use your arrow keys to flip through Jodi's most recent and soon-to-be-published works. Click on a jacket and visit that book's own page.

  • The Storyteller
  • Larger Than Life
  • Leaving Time
  • A Spark of Light
  • Small Great Things
  • Off the Page
  • Where Theres Smoke

Published novels: 1992-present

Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995), Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998), Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister's Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Heart (2008), Handle With Care (2009), House Rules (2010), Sing You Home (2011), Lone Wolf (2012), The Storyteller (2013), Leaving Time (2014), Small Great Things (2016), and her powerful and provocative new novel, A Spark of Light (2018), about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis, and the YA novels Between The Lines (2012), and Off The Page (2015), co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer. Her last nine novels have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.