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The Resource Songs of the humpback whale : a novel in five voices, Jodi Picoult

Songs of the humpback whale : a novel in five voices, Jodi Picoult

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Songs of the humpback whale : a novel in five voices
Title
Songs of the humpback whale
Title remainder
a novel in five voices
Statement of responsibility
Jodi Picoult
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As Picoult uses five voices to tell a complex tale of love, friendship and a Faulknerian family history, her mastery of language strongly individuates her characters. The primary voice in this accomplished first novel belongs to Jane Jones, a speech pathologist living in San Diego, Calif. Other narrators are her daughter Rebecca; her husband, Oliver, a marine biologist renowned for his research on the songs of humpback whales; her brother Joley; and her lover, Sam. When an argument between Jane and Oliver culminates in her striking him, Jane is shattered. A childhood victim of physical and sexual abuse, Jane has tried to submerge her memories, but this outbreak of violence causes her to reexamine her life. On a cross-country automobile trip, Jane and Rebecca travel to Stow, Mass., where Joley is living and where each woman meets the man she believes is her destiny. Jane relates the events that occur from San Diego to Stow, while Rebecca tells the story in reverse, flashing back from the climax. Their stories intersect in an Iowa cornfield that still bears the wreckage of the airliner on which then-three-year-old Rebecca was being sent back to her father during her parents' earlier separation; she was one of five survivors. This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it
Summary
After a family argument, Jane takes her daughter, Rebecca, and travels across the country to stay with her brother Joley, and Oliver, her oceanographer husband, tries to track her unpredictable path
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Character
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049970
Cataloging source
ANL
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1966-
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Picoult, Jodi
Index
no index present
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750
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Interpersonal relations
  • Families
Target audience
adult
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a novel in five voices
Label
Songs of the humpback whale : a novel in five voices, Jodi Picoult
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Publication
Control code
000024172961
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
346 p.
Isbn
9781741140392
Isbn Type
:
System control number
(OCoLC)155950527
Label
Songs of the humpback whale : a novel in five voices, Jodi Picoult
Publication
Control code
000024172961
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
346 p.
Isbn
9781741140392
Isbn Type
:
System control number
(OCoLC)155950527

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      -33.962293 151.245961
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