Second Glance

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Fiction - 720 pages
81 Reviews
""Sometimes I wonder....Can a ghost find you, if she wants to?""

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

Enter Ross Wakeman, a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He's driven his car off a bridge into a lake. He's been mugged in New York City and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiancee's death in a car crash eight years ago. Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the woman he loves. But in Comtosook, the only discovery Ross can lay claim to is that of Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. Thus begins Jodi Picoult's enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate, and a crime of passion.

Hailed by critics as a "master" storyteller (Washington Post), Picoult once again "pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable" "(Denver Post). Second Glance," her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history -- Vermont's eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s -- to provide a compelling study of the things that comeback to haunt us -- literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?

  

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A love story, a ghost story, a time travel story... - LibraryThing
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This book was an unexpected delight. I really enjoyed the fact that it was different. The paranormal aspect of the story added flavour which I enjoyed even though at times it felt a little far fetched ... Read full review

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When I wasn't reading this book, I was wishing I was reading it because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. I did see some of the plot twists early on, but there were still some ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
38
Section 3
85
Section 4
168
Section 5
221
Section 6
271
Section 7
321
Section 8
367
Section 10
465
Section 11
511
Section 12
557
Section 13
627
Section 14
701
Section 15
705
Section 16
709
Copyright

Section 9
445

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About the author (2003)

Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, and Lone Wolf. My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her title Between the Lines made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. In 2013 she made the New York Times List with her title The Storyteller.

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