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November 17, 2014

Let's break the internet! Please vote for LEAVING TIME in the FINAL round of the Best Fiction book of the year!
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October 14, 2014

IT IS PUBLICATION DAY FOR LEAVING TIME! Who's going out to get a copy today???!

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time
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August 4, 2014

My new eBook Novella, "Larger Than Life," is FREE beginning today through 8/9. Head over to and download from your favorite retailer. I hope you enjoy!
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July 25, 2014

You did it! You mentioned LEAVING TIME more than 15,000 times online (you actually hit 22,258 mentions!) so now my new eBook Novella, "Larger Than Life," will be FREE from 8/4 – 8/9 and only $1.99 after that in the U.S. & Canada (£1.49 in the UK and $1.99 in Australia).

Woohoo! Spread the word to your fellow readers!
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July 21, 2014

I am so excited about my new novel LEAVING TIME which goes on-sale in the US & Canada on October 14th (24th September in Australia and 4th November in the UK). I can’t wait for you to read it…but I’m impatient! I want you to meet Alice Metcalf, one of the characters in LEAVING TIME, sooner! So I wrote a special eBook novella called “LARGER THAN LIFE” so you can get to know her.

Please spread the word about LEAVING TIME by adding LEAVING TIME to your bookshelf! For more details, head over to

If LEAVING TIME gets 15,000 online mentions between 7/21-7/27, you will be able to download “LARGER THAN LIFE” from your favorite eBook retailer for FREE from 8/4-8/9. (It will be $1.99 in the US & Canada, £1.49 in the UK, and TBD in Australia after that) Thanks for spreading the word!
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December 12, 2008

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone’s surviving the holidays! The first bit of news I have to share with you is the publication of CHANGE OF HEART in paperback - it came out December 2 - just in time for you to add to your 2009 book club roster, I hope.


I’ve spent the fall working hard on the 2010 book. It’s not done yet, but I’m getting closer! It is about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who winds up accused of murdering his social skills tutor. Here’s a sneak peek from the beginning, in the narrative voice of the boy’s mother:

Everywhere I look, there are signs of a struggle. The mail has been scattered all over the kitchen floor; the stools are overturned. The phone has been knocked off its pedestal, its battery pack hanging loose from an umbilicus of wires. There’s one single faint footprint at the threshold of the living room, pointing toward the dead body of my son, Jacob.
He is sprawled like a starfish in front of the fireplace. Blood covers his temple and his hands. For a moment, I can’t move; can’t breathe.
Suddenly, he sits up. “Mom,” Jacob says, “you’re not even trying.”
This is not real, I remind myself, and I watch him lie back down in the exact same position – on his back, his legs twisted to the left.
“Um, there was a fight,” I say.
Jacob’s mouth barely moves. “And…?”
“You were hit in the head.” I get down on my knees, like he’s told me to do a hundred times, and notice the crystal clock that usually sits on the mantel now peeking out from beneath the couch. I gingerly pick it up and see blood on the corner. With my pinky, I touch the liquid and then taste it. “Oh, Jacob, don’t tell me you used up all my corn syrup again –“
“Mom! Focus!”
I sink down on the couch, cradling the clock in my hands. “Robbers came in and you fought them off.”
Jacob sits up and sighs. The food dye and corn syrup mixture has matted his dark hair; his eyes are shining, even though they won’t meet mine. “Do you honestly believe I’d execute the same crime scene twice?” He unfolds a fist and for the first time I see a tuft of cornsilk hair. Jacob’s father is a towhead – or at least he was when he walked out on us fifteen years ago, leaving me with Jacob and Theo - his brand-new, blond baby brother.
“Theo killed you?”
“Seriously, mom, a kindergartner could have solved this case,” Jacob says, jumping to his feet. Fake blood drips down the side of his face, but he doesn’t notice; when he is intensely focused on crime scene analysis I think a nuclear bomb could detonate beside him and he’d never flinch. He walks toward the footprint at the edge of the carpet and points. Now, at second glance, I notice the waffle tread of the Vans skateboarding sneakers that Theo saved up to buy for months; and the latter half of the company logo – NS – burned into the rubber sole. “There was a confrontation in the kitchen,” Jacob explains. “It ended with the phone being thrown in defense, and me being chased into the living room, where Theo clocked me.”
At that, I have to smile a little. “Where did you hear that term?”
“Crime Busters, Episode 43.”
“Well, just so you know – it means to punch someone. Not hit them with an actual clock.”
Jacob blinks at me, expressionless. He lives in a literal world; it’s one of the hallmarks of his diagnosis. Years ago, when we were moving to Vermont, he asked what it was like. Lots of green, I said, and rolling hills. At that, he’d burst into tears. Won’t they hurt us? he’d said.
“But what’s the motive?” I ask, and on cue, Theo thunders down the stairs.
“Where’s the freak?” he yells.
“Theo, you will not call your brother –“
“How about I stop calling him a freak when he stops stealing things out of my
room?” I have instinctively stepped between him and his brother, although Jacob is a head taller than both of us.
“I didn’t steal anything from your room,” Jacob says.
“Oh, really? What about my sneakers?”
“They were in the mudroom,” Jacob qualifies.
“Retard,” Theo says under his breath, and I see a flash of fire in Jacob’s eyes.
“I am not retarded,” he growls, and he lunges for his brother.
I hold him off with an outstretched arm. “Jacob,” I say, “you shouldn’t take anything that belongs to Theo without asking for his permission. And Theo, I don’t want to hear that word come out of your mouth again, or I’m going to take your sneakers and throw them out with the trash. Do I make myself clear?”
“I’m outta here,” Theo mutters, and he stomps toward the mudroom. A moment later I hear the door slam.
“What we got here,” Jacob mutters, his voice a sudden drawl, “is…failure to communicate.”
When he cannot find the words for how he feels, he borrows someone else’s. These come from Cool Hand Luke; Jacob remembers the dialogue from every movie he’s ever seen. I watch him turn his back and crouch down to the floor, hugging his knees.
I’ve met so many parents of kids who are on the low end of the autism spectrum, kids who are diametrically opposed to Jacob, with his Asperger’s. They tell me I’m lucky to have a son who’s so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the busted microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there’s a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn’t know how.
I reach out to comfort him but stop myself - a light touch can set Jacob off. He doesn’t like handshakes or pats on the back or someone ruffling his hair. “Jacob,” I begin, trying to coax him out of his shell.
And then I realize that he isn’t sulking at all. He holds up the telephone receiver he’s been hunched over, so that I can see the smudge of black on the side. “You missed a fingerprint too,” Jacob says cheerfully. “No offense, but you would make a lousy crime scene investigator.” I watch him right the kitchen stools and gather the mail. “Don’t worry, I’ll clean up all the blood.” He rips off a sheet of paper towel off the roll; dampens it in the sink.
“You never did tell me Theo’s motive to kill you,” I say.
“Oh.” Jacob glances over his shoulder, a wicked grin spreading across his face. “I stole his sneakers.”


I know you’re all waiting to hear about the My Sister’s Keeper movie – it has finished filming and is currently in post-production. The release date is June 26, 2009. As soon as I have more information, I will post it.

Get out your calendars! Here is the preliminary information for the HANDLE WITH CARE tour. The book is published on March 3, and I immediately hit the road!

Norwich, VT
Huntington, NY
Ridgewood, NJ
Madison, CT
Washington, DC
San Diego
Salt Lake City

Have a wonderful new year!


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