Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
I actually breathed a sigh of relief when I read this book. This was Picoult second published book and so much better than Songs of the Humpback Whale. It's like she needed a second go at it to really find her voice in storytelling. This story wasn't as ambitious as the first. Though there are 2 points of view (Nicholas and Paige), Paige's is the only one told in the first person. You still get an amazing sense of character and character insight this way. Picoult writes people and situations very well. Part of this story deals with post-partum depression and though I only ever suffered from the baby blues and not full blown depression myself, I really felt Paige's anguish and suffering. She does an excellent job with this. This book is still not the trademark Picout style that you would be used to from some of her newer books, but it is well written never the less and very enjoyable.