Jodi Picoult always tackles tough topics in her novels, and her latest, A Spark
of Light (Ballantine Books), $29, which opens with violence at a women’s reproductive health services clinic, is no exception. Here are three of her all-time favorite reads.
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First Light (Vintage), $15, by Charles Baxter “Baxter reels backward in time to show a brother and sister’s estrangement. I was so blown away by this technique, I swore one day I’d write a book in reverse. And that turned out to be Spark of Light.”
Bridge of Clay (Knopf, available Oct. 9), $26, by Markus Zusak “I fell in love with this man’s writing in The
Book Thief, and after 10 long years, he wnally has released another novel. It’s gorgeous, plain and simple.”
Life of Pi (Mariner Books), $16, by Yann Martel “A boy, Pi, found yoating in a lifeboat in the Paciwc tells a wild tale. His rescuers (and the reader) are left to decide which version they believe.”