Second Glance

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Fiction - 720 pages
36 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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User Review  - TFHetrick - LibraryThing

My favorite JP book. Perhaps the setting resonated with the Vermonter in me; the Abnaki, in particular, to the Northern Vermonter in me. Or that it's a ghost story subtle and true and ethereal as ... Read full review

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User Review  - jlsimon7 - LibraryThing

Jodi Picoult has written several books that I just loved. Because of that I tried really hard to like this one. But I just found it over worked and irritating. We have Ross who is pining for his dead ... 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
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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, Lone Wolf, Leaving Time, and Small Great Things. 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. She writes young adult novels with her daughter Samantha van Leer including Between the Lines and Off the Page.

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