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Vanishing acts
Jodi Picoult
Adult Fiction PICOULT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Delia Hopkins was six years old when her father allowed her to be his assistant in the amateur magic act he performed at the local senior center's annual Christmas pageant. "I learned a lot that night," recalls Delia, who is now 32, at the start of Picoult's absorbing new novel (her 12th, after My Sister's Keeper). "That people don't vanish into thin air...." She has come to know this even better as an adult: she makes her living finding missing people with her own search-and-rescue bloodhound. As she prepares for her wedding, however, Delia has a flash of memory that is so vivid yet so wildly out-of-place among the other memories from her idyllic New Hampshire upbringing that she describes it to a childhood friend, who happens to be a reporter. Soon, her whole world and the world of the widowed father she adores is turned upside down. Her marriage to her toddler's father, a loving but still struggling recovering alcoholic, is put on hold as she is forced to conduct a search-and-rescue mission on her own past and identity. It will cut to the heart of what she holds to be true and good. As in previous novels, Picoult creates compelling, three-dimensional characters who tell a story in alternating voices about what it might mean to be a good parent and a good person, to be true to ourselves and those we love. Picoult weaves together plot and characterization in a landscape that is fleshed out in rich, journalistic detail, so that readers will come away with intriguing questions rather than pat answers. Author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Delia Hopkins and her bloodhound Greta work with local New Hampshire police to locate missing persons. One day Delia's father, Andrew, is arrested, accused of kidnapping her 28 years earlier. Delia discovers she is a missing person, and during her father's trial she begins to recover parts of her old life. Why did he kidnap her? What is her mother like? How would her life have been different? While Delia struggles to answer her many questions, the legal system struggles with the intersection of the letter of the law and the legal and moral responsibility of a parent for a child. As the story makes clear, there is very little about life that is definitively black or white. Picoult creates another captivating tale where life's complications are tested in court. Her characters are realistic, and listeners will be drawn into their dilemmas; the descriptions of life in jail are graphic and disturbing. Each character is read by a different actor, all of whom do an excellent job. Recommended.--Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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main characters Deli Hopkins
Female
Age: 32
Engaged
Finds missing people; puts her wedding on hold to search her own past and identity.



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