A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light
by Jodi Picoult

Genre: Literature & Fiction
Length: 384 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hours and 3 minutes
First Published: 2018

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Publisher’s Description

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.


Quotes from A Spark of Light

“Coal, with time and heat and pressure, will always become a diamond. But if you were freezing to death, which would you consider the gem?”

“Violence, from one angle, looked like mercy from another.”

“We are all drowning slowly in the tide of our opinions, oblivious that we are taking on water every time we open our mouths.”

“This is what it means to be human. We are all just canvases for our scars”

“Laws are black and white. The lives of women are a thousand shades of gray.”


About Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, House Rules, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit the author’s website →


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