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From A Spark of Light au­thor Jodi Pi­coult

New York Times best­selling au­thor Jodi Pi­coult, 52, is known for her in­tri­cate tales of fam­ily and re­la­tion­ships. Her lat­est novel, A Spark of Light, re­mains within Pi­coult’s wheel­house but also delves into two po­lit­i­cally charged top­ics: gun vi­o­lence and abor­tion, when a gun­man takes hostages at a Mis­sis­sippi’s re­pro­duc­tive ser­vices clinic. The sub­ject felt per­sonal to the au­thor. “I had a friend in col­lege who had an abor­tion at seven weeks, and I sup­ported her 100 per cent. Years later, when I was seven weeks preg­nant with my third child, I was told I might lose the baby, which was dev­as­tat­ing to me,” Pi­coult ad­mits. “It made me won­der how I could draw a line that I hadn’t drawn a decade ear­lier. The an­swer is com­pli­cated – which is why I wanted to write A Spark of Light. How we feel about abor­tion dif­fers not just whether we’re pro-life or pro-choice but for a woman over the course of her own life­time as her cir­cum­stances change. Laws are black and white – but women are a thou­sand dif­fer­ent shades of grey.”

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