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March 25, 2008

Has Jodi Picoult Taken an Early Lead in the 2009 Delete Key Awards Competition for Bad Writing in Books?

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I haven’t read Jodi Picoult’s new Change of Heart (Atria, $26.95) www.jodipicoult.com but a review in yesterday’s New York Times made me wonder if the novel had jumped to an early lead in the 2009 Delete Key Awards contest. Janet Maslin said that Picoult “seems to have written her latest tear-jerker on authorial autopilot.” And she quoted lines like this one from a condemned prisoner known as “the Death Row Messiah” who is a central figure in the book:

“Not that Jesus wasn’t a really cool guy – great teacher, excellent speaker, yadda yadda yadda. But … Son of God? Where’s the proof?”

Sort of makes you wonder if this guy is going to have his last meal catered by the Soup Nazi, doesn’t it?

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.
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3 Comments »

  1. With dialogue like that, we can only hope the book isn’t filled with long passages of interior monologue.

    Malcolm

    Comment by knightofswords — March 26, 2008 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  2. A Joycean Jodi Picoult novel? That’s a scary thought …

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — March 26, 2008 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  3. Yikes

    Comment by knightofswords — March 26, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | Reply


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