Jane Jones has always lived in someone else's shadow. After escaping a childhood of abuse, she marries renowned oceanographer Oliver Jones, only to find herself taking second place to his increasingly successful career. When life starts treating her daughter Rebecca with similar disregard, Jane's dramatic stand takes them all by surprise. Jane and Rebecca set out to drive across America to the sanctuary of the New England apple orchard where Jane's brother works, and Oliver, used to tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, now has the task of tracking his wife across a continent. To do so he must learn to see the world - and himself - through her eyes. 'Picoult's impressive ability to get inside her characters' heads is astounding.' Stylist 'This is Picoult's greatest strength: her ability to inhabit other people's feelings, relishing the bits that are complex and contradictory . . . she is a master of her craft.' Sunday Telegraph
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«.
This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it Publishers Weekly Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding Marie Claire The striking thing is Picoult's confidence. She takes a controversial topic and gallops with it, leaving the reader breathless and, crucially, better informed and full of questions. The Times Picoult trades on gripping, emotive plots hinged upon gnarly ethical dilemmas ... Picoult's pitch and pace are masterly and hardly conducive to a good night's sleep. Financial Times