A Spark of Light - Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Size: 2.06 MB
Score: 4
From 202 Ratings

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—The Washington Post

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 to 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 crosshairs 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.

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult 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.

Praise for A Spark of Light

“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.”People
“Thoroughly realistic storytelling . . . Picoult has achieved what politicians across the spectrum have not been able to: humanized a hot-button issue. Excellent for book clubs, this should also be considered for discussions in critical thinking and political debate.”Library Journal (starred review)


  • The worst

    By debbipi
    I usually love JP novels. I hated this one. Normally she writes objectively about a topic presenting both sides equally but not this time. Writing in reverse chronological order with a quick, unorganized ending that seems thrown together makes me very unhappy. No resolution for most of the characters just a mess. I want back the hours of my life I wasted reading this book.
  • 5 stars!

    By scubarae
    Absolutely fantastic read!
  • ....

    By Sophia R. S.
    It was an okay book to read.
  • So disappointed...

    By #FreeBird
    I have read all of Jodi’s books and always look forward to the next one with eager anticipation. I had a difficult time getting into this one from the beginning and it never got better - it felt like a rambling, jumbled mess.
  • A Spark of Light

    By Cbryan1111
  • What a disappointment. Not the quality of storytelling that I’ve come to expect from Jodi Piccoult.

    By Wordworm.
    Really struggled to get through the last half of this book. It’s like got tired of writing this novel and just quit putting any effort into the last half of the book.
  • A Spark of Light

    By PhoebeRae2018
    Not one of her better books. Lots of loose ends left...
  • Meh

    By Magskm101
    Not as engrossing as past Picoult.
  • Terrible

    By Sunshine2759
    I like this author but this book was disjointed and the ending was terrible!
  • A Spark of Light

    By Tykesma
    Not what I expected. I have read every book this author has written. This one was disappointing. She left open what happened to her characters in the end of the story. Her characters were not believable. I found it difficult to be sympathetic to the women who sought out the Clinic for help.