HEART-TUG­GING TALES

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - PICKS -

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.

Visit Pa­rade.com/pi­coult for a grip­ping sneak peek from A Spark of Light.

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.”

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