Summary: “Where There’s Smoke”: Best-selling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who “writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time.
Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage – to both her reputation and her show – Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.
Larger than Life: A gripping and beautifully written novella. Set in the wilds of Africa, Larger than Life introduces Alice, the unforgettable character at the center of Picoult’s anticipated new novel, Leaving Time.
A researcher studying memory in elephants, Alice is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calf – the mother’s powerful protective instincts and her newborn’s unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitat – while following an important rule: She must only observe and never interfere. Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave the helpless baby behind. Thinking back on her own childhood, and on her shifting relationship with her mother, Alice risks her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent’s love…Read more.
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Jodi Picoult: Where There’s Smoke Audio Book Summary
From the age of four, Serenity discovered the ability to see people no one else saw; Her mother, did not seem to believe her when she said she could see a child in her house, however, she knew well that Serenity’s grandmother also possessed that gift and that it had passed to her daughter skipping two generations.
Having lived with his skill in the most normal way possible, being an adult Serenity finds with him the way to make a living. It helps a person who has the connections to get him a TV show. In the
successful Serenity program, it connects people with loved ones who have passed away.
In one session, a young wife named Betsey Rycroft who has lost her husband in the war in Iraq, tries to make contact with him. Serenity realizes that it will not be an equal reading to others when the two spirits who normally help her, Lucinda and Desmond, this time leave her alone. He realizes that the husband did not die in Iraq as a war hero, that’s when the plot begins to unfold.
Where there’s smoke is a very short novel, but it has the ability to make its characters known in a way that is not superficial. It is easy to feel immersed in the plot and the expectation of knowing what else will happen.
It is a book that leaves us wanting more because of the interesting history, the speed of the rhythm with which it develops and breveda; Fortunately, Where There’s Smoke is a prequel to Jodi Picoult’s upcoming novel called Leaving Time, where we can satisfy our desire to know all about Serenity and its gift.
Although the ending is abrupt, it appears very soon and very surprising and although the brevity of the novel has left us with doubts; It’s good to know, that we can learn more about Serenity in a long novel. In that novel, Serenity will be involved in the search undertaken by a 13-year-old whose mother mysteriously disappeared when she was only three years old.
In conclusion, Where there’s smoke is a well-done story where brevity does not prevent us from knowing the story in depth or that we feel affinity for the characters, it is a light and pleasant reading. It is advisable in the first place for the followers of Picoult not lose detail of any of their characters, secondly for those who are interested in fiction with touches of paranormal events, as well as for people looking for a short story that s epoda read Or listen in less than an hour and have a nice time.
About the author, Jodi Picoult has in his career as a writer, 23 novels published from 1992 to 2006; Including the New York Times Leaving Time bestsellers, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper.
It has been known to make a reputation as an excellent storyteller and great creator of characters.