Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes

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From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, a startling and poignant story about a shocking act of violence in a small town and the people it affects forever. In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five... In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.

Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who--if anyone--has the right to judge someone else?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 642 pages
  • 107 x 170 x 38mm | 295g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Export ed.
  • 1416546995
  • 9781416546993
  • 19,365

About Jodi Picoult

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-six 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
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271,024 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 40% (108,170)
4 37% (100,864)
3 18% (48,785)
2 4% (10,129)
1 1% (3,076)

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This was my first read of one of Jodi Picoults' books and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a gripping read and had me forcing my eyes to stay open to just get a little further in the story. I enjoyed the fact that she touched a subject that is so very pertinent in this Day-and-age - Bullying - and that we should open to our eyes and realize that most of our society is being bullied in one way or another, whether it be at school, in the home or the workplace. It should not be tolerated - full-stop. I enjoyed this book so much that I have already gotten Book number two of hers' on to my currently-reading Bookshelf and look forward to seeing how the next of her books (Salem Falls) turns more
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