The New Jodi Picoult Novel, And Four Other Books That Will Start An ‘Intense Discussion’ In Your Book Club

'Intense Discussion' is codeword for heated argument, BTW...

Jodi Picoult's A Spark Of Light Review

by Alexandra Heminsley |

It's boring when everyone gets agrees all the time, isn't it? Jodi Picoult's new novel A Spark Of Light hits the shelves this week, and it's already generating a lot of opinions (in the best possible way). And if you think your monthly book club discussion has been getting a bit too safe recently, here are four more novels that will throw the cat amongst the pigeons/end the night in a screaming row, depending on how much wine you've all consumed.

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A SPARK OF LIGHT - Jodi Picoult (Hodder & Stoughton)
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A SPARK OF LIGHT - Jodi Picoult (Hodder & Stoughton)

Jodi Picoult has long been writing novels with a strong ethical dilemma, taking the reader through the experiences of different characters facing the situation from different angles. What's changed is the reader: the febrile world of current US politics has made us more engaged than ever with discussing gnarly issues. And just in time for Picoult's latest, which is set in a US women's reproductive health centre where a hostage situation takes place. With an intricate backward-weaving structure, a host of compelling voices and her characteristically calm but captivating tone, this is a very special novel about a very difficult subject. Here are four other novels with enough of an ethical dilemma to provide an properly intense book club discussionu2026

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