Thorndike Press

A Spark of Light

  • Jodi Picoult
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  • ISBN-10: 1410463753
  • ISBN-13: 9781410463753
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 lbs ( .75 kgs)
  • 572 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released October 2018
  • Simultaneous Publications

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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.

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Customer Reviews

“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)

“Picoult delivers another riveting yarn . . . in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Novels such as this . . . are necessary.”

— Kirkus Reviews