A Spark of Light

#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
 
“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.”Us Weekly


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JamesonKersey

Amazing5 star

This book is informative but also a heart wrenching story that keeps you engaged. If you’re pro life read this book. 55

coolcrocidile

Sad and hard to read2 star

I love Jodi Picoult and have always admired her ability to show all sides of controversial issues. But I was disappointed in how, in Spark of Light, pro life characters seem like whack jobs and extremist. I am a Christian from Mississippi and pro life. I believe that life begins at conception. However, I am not naive enough to believe that there aren't lots of God fearing Bible toting ladies of the south secretly getting abortions. I just think the book stigmatizes Southern Christian folks who, by in large, are just like any other people around the world. We are not all extremist nut cases like this book portrays. Shame on you Jodi for stereotyping. 25

Jaynice M.

A spark of light5 star

Must read!! Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, I finish one book and anticipate the next release. Haven’t been disappointed by a single one of her books. A Spark of Light was amazing, it definitely made you think about the controversial topic of abortion. 55

Gardening Annie

Very Disappointing1 star

I usually love Jodi Picoult book but this one makes me cautious about buying another one of her books. The story line bounces from forward to backward, so that you know what happens later in the day and spend the rest of the book going backwards—insane! It gets bogged down in detail about medical procedures and does not provide closure on some characters. I don’t usually give such low ratings to books, as a writer I know how much time it takes to write a story but this book deserves the one star I gave it. Very disappointing. 15

Rivadita3

A long, drawn-out torturous read...2 star

This was one of the worse Jodi Picault novels yet. The storyline was ridiculously drawn out and read more like a preaching treatise than a compelling novel. The entire story could have been told in three chapters. This author is off my reading choice list... 25

Lady Grossman

Simple prose, predictable story, a waste of time.1 star

Simple prose, predictable story, a waste of time. 15

CoCoCaptures

Perfect and Breathtaking4 star

The backwards way of reading and interpreting this story may be to give full appreciation to each character apart from their separate personal and accidental tragedies. But it was very hard to start. I absolutely Loved her details, thoroughly researched medical perspectives, and legal points. I will not stop thinking about this book for a very long time as a woman, a mother, and an Women’s Health Nurse 45

Adilovee

Unclear ending!3 star

I love all of Jodi’s books, really dives into the gray areas in controversial topics. I am so sad that I didn’t get closure with so many characters! I want to know what happens to Izzy and Bex!!! So confusing!😭 35

Horse/DragonGirl999

Didn’t want to keep reading1 star

I usually love Picoult’s books, but I barely made it through the sample part at the beginning. Not the same quality as her other books-disjointed, poor character development, bad scene setting. 15

Monkeys Mommy1120

Disappointed.1 star

I have read every book Jodi Picoult has written. I was eager for this new one, as I typically love her stuff. Not this time. This was her worst book ever, by far. I know Picoult loves to take controversy and write a story around it, but the taboo abortion topic was already covered in her book Plain Truth, and was done FAR BETTER. The plot stunk, the characters lacked depth and tie in to the story. The ending was incomplete, and then backwards methodology didn’t work at all. It was more than predictable who Beth was, but the ending of her story went unresolved. As did the aunt’s storyline. Frankly, it was awful. I would tell Ms. Picoult not to get so political that she forgets why her readers picked up her book. She is bordering on that for me. 15


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