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Sometimes Jodi Picoult hits a homer, and other times just a single or double. Change of Heart is a grand slam, built around the impact of a death row inmate upon the lives of three unrelated people who are drawn into his story by the circumstances of their own lives. Shay Bourne has exhausted his appeals and is scheduled to die in a few weeks. His last wish is to donate his heart to the daughter of one of his victims, and a battle ensues about his method of execution. Shay's spiritual advisor, a Catholic priest, must come to terms with his own religious beliefs. Maggie, Shay's ACLU lawyer, must fight for Shea's right to donate his organs. June, whose husband and child were murdered by Shay, must decide whether or not to accept Shay's gift. Along the way, all three of these individuals find themselves re-examining their own inner cores.

Supporting these fully realized characters is an equally engaging supporting cast. Picoult's plot increases in tension and suspense, first, during Shay's execution hearing, and then in his final days. The metamorphoses of Michael, Maggie, and June are entirely credible, and stimulate questions and introspection on the part of the reader. In the epilogue, Picoult concludes her story satisfactorily, yet with the apprehension that perhaps this ending is more truly a continuation.

Change of Heart tackles some of our society's most perplexing issues with grace and subtlety. Superb fiction.

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review by . March 28, 2009
As a fan of the author, I was really looking forward to this book. Her books have a formula, I can deal with that. This one though. Eh. The supernatural stuff, the heavy religious paths... it was just too much time time around. I rolled my eyes entirely too many times. I'm not sorry I read it (like I said, I'm a fan), but I'm glad this wasn't my first foray into her work.     Give it a chance if you are a big fan. Otherwise? Skip it.
review by . May 15, 2008
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review by . April 13, 2008
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Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival—an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book.1,000,000-million copy first printing.(Mar.)
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ISBN-10: 0743496744
ISBN-13: 978-0743496742
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Atria
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