Description Written by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. She has a talent for addressing difficult topics in her fiction writing that makes the reader wrestle with a moral issue. In her most recent novel, Great Small Things, she tackles race relations in America.

Great Small Things focuses on a nurse of one race and a couple of another race whose baby is in a life-or-death situation. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend that you do.

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Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

In Small Great Things, Turk Bauer is a white racist. Ms. Picoult could have written pages of prose to describe Mr. Bauer’s personality and demeanor, but she was able to sum it up in the following sentence:

“Turk Bauer makes me think of a power line that’s snapped during a storm, and lies across the road just waiting for something to brush against it so it can shoot sparks.” – Jodi Picoult in Small Great Things.

What a vivid picture! If you read nothing else about Turk Bauer, that one sentence would tell you pretty much all you needed to know about him. I hope I can write character descriptions like that some day!

More and more I’m learning that in order to be a good writer, a person needs to read a lot. I’m so absorbed in reading books this year that I have spent very little time writing. I need to strike a happy medium and make time for both, but the public library has so many good books and a number of my favorite authors have new books being released in October. As the saying goes, “So many books, so little time!”

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. I’m listening to a novel on CD, The Saboteur, by Andrew Gross. I read The One Man, by Andrew Gross, last year and blogged about it (What I read in November.) I’ve wanted to read some of Mr. Gross’s other books ever since.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I generally don’t like to listen to books on CD. The waitlist at the public library for Mr. Gross’s latest novel was shorter for the CD than for any other format, so I decided to give it a try.

Listening to a book on CD usually gets on my last nerve; however, I’ve worked out a routine, with The Saboteur. I listen to one disc each day, which takes a little more than one hour. I use that time to do my physical therapy exercises for my shoulder. I like being able to get two things accomplished at the same time, and I’m finding that the length of one disc is about my attention limit.

What about you?

Do you prefer to read a traditional paper book, listen to a book on CD, or read a book on an electronic device? There is no right or wrong answer. Aren’t we fortunate to live in a time when there are books available in many different formats?

Janet

3 thoughts on “Description Written by Jodi Picoult

  1. Hi Judy
    As usual, I enjoy reading your wonderful posts.
    Like you, I love to read a good book …. nothing like it….but, I am like you concerning Audio. It is difficult for me to listen too because they make me sleepy. LOL
    Fortunately Not all of them. I listen to Samuel Pepy’s Dairy narration by Kennth Branagh which is good. I also have Fiery Trial by Cassandra Claire narration by Sam Heughan which is very good too.
    So, I will listen to this book on audio as you recommend too .😊

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    1. Hi Katrina, one thing I didn’t mention in the blog post about listening to books on CD is usually they make me feel like someone is talking and won’t shut up. LOL!

      You made a good point about the narrator. That can make a big difference. The Saboteur is read by Edoardo Ballerini, and he does a very good job. I like Kenneth Branagh, so maybe I will listen to him read Samuel Pepy’s Diary sometime. Thanks for the recommendation of that work and Fiery Trial.

      I always appreciate your comments!

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