Change of Heart

Change of Heart

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"Change of Heart looks at the nature of organized religion and belief, and takes the reader behind the closely drawn curtains of America's death penalty. Featuring the return of Ian Fletcher from Keeping Faith, it also asks whether religion and politics truly are separate, or inextricably tangled. Does religion make us more tolerant, or less? Do we believe what we do because it's right? Or because it's too frightening to admit that we may not have the answers?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 2008
ISBN: 9780743496742
0743496744
Branch Call Number: AF PICO

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More questions than answers, is what I love about Jodi Picoult novels and this is one of her best. Ethical challenges of capital punishment, organ donation, organised religion and politics are explored between strong characters.


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BostonPL_KirstenD Jul 30, 2018

I have read countless Jodi Picoult novels, but this is the one that I can't stop revisiting, ever since I first read it a decade ago -- my copy is getting worn out! A masterpiece of storytelling. Picoult fans will recognize the characteristic focus on moral dilemmas and vulnerable children but appreciate the change of pace from the author's usual courtroom-heavy dramas. New readers will enjoy the shifting character perspectives and the deft way with which she handles topics such as the death penalty, religion, and redemption.

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lbowlby11
Jun 27, 2017

A compelling read!

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HopeW
Dec 03, 2015

I had borrowed this book in the Audiobook CD Format from SMPL but brought it back because it was damaged. The librarian said it would be fixed and she would put a Hold on it so I would get it back after it was repaired. It appears to have now been removed from their list.

It is an extremely fascinating book, as with all of Picoult's other books which deal with very sensitive but compelling subjects. It would be ashamed if it is not put back on the shelves because Picoult's books are very informative, exploratory, and highly educational on matters and philosophies we are often uncomfortable with but are the very subjects that we need to be enlightened about.

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anniethecat
May 17, 2015

An easy read, very breathtaking and saddening.
After reading it I was questioning life. And God. And religion. And well pretty much everything else. I didn't find it that slow moving as others have said in the comments below, the book is like 'everything is fine, everything is fine and then BAM! You turn the page and every thing has gone to heck! The ending, thank the lord, was perfect! And I'm just wondering, is the girl now Jesus or something?

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writermala
May 08, 2015

I loved everything about this book starting with the play on words in the title. So many controversial topics have been dealt with in this book - capital punishment, Organ donation and transplants, homosexuality, pedophilia, and the biggest of all of them religion and spirituality. Each topic has been dealt with so sensitively that one is not offended no matter what one's stand is on the subject. I just could not put this book down till I'd finished reading it and now I'm telling every book lover I come across that they should read it too.

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MPLolohea
Jan 03, 2015

A really awesome book! This may be my favourite one because everything that happens in the plot is unexpected and slightly unnerving when you think, "what else could be happening?"

Go ahead and read it.

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nina_monei
Oct 29, 2014

This was, I believe, the 8th book that I've read by Jodi Picoult, and - as with the rest of her works - I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had checked it out several months ago, along with a few other books, and only got around to starting it two days before it was due to be returned. I tried to renew it, but there were holds on it, and it was months before I was able to find it and start it again. I consider it well worth the wait. Of all the elements explored in the story, I was most enraptured by the multiple character journey to discover "the truth" and to understand that "truth" isn't always universal. What we're told/taught, even what we see with our own eyes isn't always the whole story. I will say that I was slightly disappointed with the ending. There were components to the ending that I enjoyed, and others that I feel undermined and negated my journey as a reader and that of the characters involved.

mhaidy Oct 01, 2012

I loved this book. I have now read all of Jodi Picoult's books and this is in my top 5. I find some of her newer books hard to get into, the story lines bores me. I'm just sorry I waited so long to read this one.

jng30s Jul 10, 2012

I found this book very hard to get into. and extremely slow. Not a typical Picoult book.

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jsand67
May 22, 2012

I found it thought provoking and I fell in love with the characters. It is somewhat slow moving, but it isn't a suspense novel, so I anticipated this.

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mary138
Sep 13, 2011

Young girl needs a heart transplant and the only one available is the heart of the man that had been found guilty of murdering the little girl's stepfather and older sister. This man decides that once he's been convicted of murder and given the death penalty, he fights for the right to die by hanging rather than lethal injection so that his heart is still transplant-able.

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