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Nineteen Minutes, Picoult

by Jodi Picoult
| Item # X9707
Nineteen Minutes, Picoult X9707
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Reading Group GuideNineteen MinutesJodi PicoultIntroductionIn this emotionally charged novel, Jodi Picoult delves beneath the surface of a small town to explore what it means to be different in our society.In Sterling, New Hampshire, seventeen-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of his classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling's residents.Even those who were not inside the school that morning find their lives in an upheaval, including Alex Cormier. The superior court judge assigned to the Houghton case, Alex -- whose daughter, Josie, witnessed the events that unfolded -- must decide whether or not to step down. She's torn between presiding over the biggest case of her career and knowing that doing so will cause an even wider chasm in her relationship with her emotionally fragile daughter. Josie, meanwhile, claims she can't remember what happened in the last fatal minutes of Peter's rampage. Or can she? And Peter's parents, Lacy and Lewis Houghton, ceaselessly examine the past to see what they might have said or done to compel their son to such extremes.Nineteen Minutesalso features the return of two of Jodi Picoult's characters -- defense attorney Jordan McAfee fromThe PactandSalem Fallsand Patrick DuCharme, the intrepid detective introduced inPerfect Match.Rich with psychological and social insight,Nineteen Minutesis a riveting, poignant, and thought-provoking novel that has at its center a haunting question. Do we ever really know someone?Questions and Topics for Discussion1. Alex and Lacy's friendship comes to an end when they discover Peter and Josie playing with guns in the Houghton house. Why does Alex decide that it's in Josie's best interest to

Product Information

  • AR Level6
  • AR Quiz Number114395
  • AR Quiz Points29
  • AuthorJodi Picoult
  • Page Count480
  • ISBN100743496736
  • ISBN139780743496735
  • PublisherWashington Square Press
  • Year Published2008
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectPolitical / legal thriller
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  • ImprintWashington Square Press

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