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A Spark of Light
A Novel
By (author): Jodi Picoult
9780345813411 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women Oct 02, 2018
$32.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.35 x 9.57 x 1.33 in 384 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Random House Canada
The lives of ordinary people become intertwined when a gunman takes hostages at a women’s clinic in the #1 New York Times bestselling author’s latest.

At Mississippi’s sole remaining women’s reproductive services clinic, a gunman bursts in and takes its patients and staff hostage. The stories that brought these individuals to the clinic vary, from a woman awaiting cancer screening results to a protestor hoping to catch the clinic in a scandal that could be used in a pro-life campaign. Then there is the police hostage negotiator, whose daughter is also trapped inside the facility, and the gunman himself, who has a vendetta to carry out. Meanwhile, across the state, a seventeen-year-old woman lands in the hospital after an attempt to self-terminate her pregnancy and is subsequently charged by the pro-life DA for the murder of her unborn child. They, too, are connected to the events unfolding in the clinic.

As the book moves backward in time, each chapter set one hour earlier than the last, we learn how all these people and their stories are unwittingly connected—and that none of these characters’ reasons for being where they are at this fateful place and time are exactly what it appears at first glance.

Story Locale: Mississippi

NINE CONSECUTIVE #1 BESTSELLERS: Small Great Things is Picoult’s ninth consecutive #1 New York Times bestseller. She is one of the most successful authors at work today. She has written 25 novels that have 25 million copies in print worldwide and are published in 35 countries.

GRIP LIT: Picoult masterfully draws the reader in by setting each chapter one hour earlier than the last, compelling readers to race to find out where the story all begins.

PERFECT FOR BOOK CLUBS: Picoult’s moving, thought-provoking, discussion generating novel is a perfect pick.

BESTSELLER GROWTH: Her Canadian hardcover sales grew with Small Great Things, which stayed on the New York Times list for 23 weeks in hardcover, compared to 17 weeks in hardcover for Leaving Time, and 9 weeks in hardcover for The Storyteller.

ENGAGED FANBASE: Picoult has over 552K likes on Facebook and 158K followers on Twitter. She is a tireless promoter on the road who always goes the extra mile to stay engaged connected with her readers.

WIDE PRAISE for Picoult, including The Boston Globe (“Picoult is a skilled wordsmith”) and Entertainment Weekly (“A rare writer who delivers book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.”)

JODI PICOULT is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart,

Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Author Residence: Hanover, NH

Author Hometown: Nesconset, NY

Marketing: Influencer mailing

Organic social media & newsletter support

Targeted social media advertising

Influencer advertising

Public transit advertising

Women’s health partnership



Publicity: Multi-city tour (cities TBD)

Large-scale public events

Extensive national media attention including outlets such as CTV “The Social”, CBC TV “The Goods, CBC Radio “q”, TVOntario and The Globe and Mail

Review coverage

Blogger coverage



Author Website: jodipicoult.com

Author Social Media: facebook.com/jodipicoult Twitter: @jodipicoult

Praise for Jodi Picoult:

“Jodi Picoult’s ripped-from-the-headlines novels are compulsively readable.”—Toronto Star

“Jodi Picoult is a powerhouse writer—she has written 22 novels, many of them New York Times No. 1 bestsellers and blockbuster movies. She tackles important issues…from a human perspective.”—The Vancouver Sun

“Jodi Picoult is a powerhouse author.”—Canadian Living

“Picoult has few peers in creating ripped-from-the-zeitgeist fiction.”—Publishers Weekly

“[O]ne of the most beloved and prolific storytellers today.”—Us Weekly

“Jodi Picoult has proven with her series of novels that she is a great storyteller…. [She] is one of the best writers out there today”—The Huffington Post

“There are many aspirants to her throne, but nobody in commercial fiction cranks the pages more effectively than Jodi Picoult.”—USA Today

“Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.”—Stephen King

“Jodi Picoult is a rare writer who delivers, book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Jodi Picoult’s novels do not gather dust on the bedside table. They are gobbled up quickly and the readers want more.”—Los Angeles Times

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