A spark of light A novel

Jodi Picoult, 1966-

Sound recording - 2018

"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center a women's reproductive health services clinic its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wre...n, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. Apro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Jodi Picoult one of the most fearless writers of our time tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation. and, hopefully, understanding"--

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Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape [2018]
Main Author
Jodi Picoult, 1966- (author)
Other Authors
Bahni Turpin (narrator)
Item Description
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Physical Description
12 audio discs (approximately 14 hours, 30 minutes) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
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Review by Library Journal Review

It's a typically hot summer day in Jackson, MS, and 15-year-old Wren McElroy and her aunt Bex are going to the Women's Reproductive Health Services Clinic to get birth control pills for Wren. Suddenly shots ring out when a disgruntled father takes everyone in the clinic hostage. Time is presented backward hour-by-hour, which makes audio the ideal format to follow the sometimes confusing action. Things ratchet up with the appearance of police hostage negotiator Hugh McElroy (father of Wren and brother of Bex). Descriptions of the primary characters are well drawn, and the varying degrees of terror each person experiences are palpable. Most fascinating is Dr. Louie Ward, a religious man who performs abortions following his own religious philosophy. Narrator Bahni Turpin skillfully pre­sents the diverse cast with male characters as well rendered as the female ones. VERDICT Turpin's narration enhances the complex story. Picoult herself presents the author's note in which she relates the history of abortion in America, including many statistics, and concludes with her hopes for the future. ["Excellent for book clubs, this should also be considered for discussions in critical thinking and political debate": LJ 10/1/18 starred review of the Ballantine hc.]-Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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