I recently mentioned the three books that I am/have been reading currently. Here is a review of the first that I have finished.
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Atria Books, 2008 447 pages
This is classic Picoult! Change of Heart is the story of a messianic character, Shay Bourne, who is a convicted murderer, and Claire Nealon, the sister and daughter of his victims. It is told through the words of four narrators: Maggie, Michael, Lucius, and June. Shay's words, life, and death come through their words much in the same way that the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and the fourth gospel of John tell of the words and life of Jesus. The same is true about the story of the life of Claire Nealon, who is dying of a damaged heart. This is a story of of change and redemption; of faith, justice, and love. My analysis that Picoult adapts a similar literary device to the Gospels (from different perspectives) stems from her many references to the Gnostic Gospels, specifically the Gospel of Thomas. Change of Heart is a novel that will resonate long after the reader finishes.
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