Jodi Picoult is a writer who does not shy away from difficult subjects. Her latest novel A Spark of Light is about reproductive rights. In past books she has addressed race, the death penalty, gay rights, and the right to die, among others. What’s amazing about Picoult is that she can write about these subjects–which could be seen as dry nonfiction fodder–and humanize them. And through fiction she causes us to see facets that we might not otherwise see.
So were Jodi Picoult’s favorite reads of 2018 composed of dry nonfiction fodder? Not at all. Scroll down to see what she read and loved this year.
Readers have waited over 10 years for a new work from Zusak after his brilliant novel, The Book Thief, and Bridge of Clay is more than worth the wait. It’s gorgeous, plain and simple. He’s a long-form poet masquerading as a novelist.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Ward’s story of how the fierceness of family can be both tender and as destructive as a storm still haunts me. I listened to this book on tape and had walked ten miles before I realized how far I’d gone.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Benjamin’s book is a riveting story of love and family so expertly crafted to fold together plot, character, and destiny that it is hard to believe it’s only a second novel. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.