Vanishing Acts

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 15, 2005 - Fiction - 432 pages
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How do you recover the past when it was never yours to lose?

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall...until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret about herself that changes the world as she knows it -- and threatens to jeopardize her future. With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life -- as we know it -- might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change before our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonishing and timely topic with under-standing, insight, and compassion.
 

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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

Delia Hopkins was six years old when her father allowed her to be his assistant in the amateur magic act he performed at the local senior center's annual Christmas pageant. "I learned a lot that night ... Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

I'd give it 5 stars if I hadn't read a few other Picoult books that were more thrilling. I easily put the book down (often!) until the last 3rd. Stick with it. SHe has this way of making almost every sentence count....everything is metaphorical and important. Love that. Read full review

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Page 2 - I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
Page 6 - ... you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep her close enough for comfort.
Page viii - They are few and rare indeed, but, like a strain of music, they are incessantly repeated and modulated by memory.

About the author (2005)

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

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