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Jodi Picoult

Born May 19, 1966 (1966-05-19) (age 43)
Nesconset, Long Island, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Writing period 1992-present
Official website

Jodi Lynn Picoult (pronounced /ˈdʒoʊdi piːˈkoʊ/[1]) (born May 19, 1966) is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.[2]


Personal life

Picout was born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island but moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. She has described her family as "non-practicing Jewish".[3] Picoult wrote her first story at age 5, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood." She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University.

She became the writer of DC Comics' Wonder Woman (vol. 3) series following the departure of fellow writer Allan Heinberg.[4][5] Her first issue (#6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue #10 (released on June 27, 2007).

She is married to Tim Van Leer, [6] whom she met while in college. They and their three children, Sammy, Kyle, and Jake, and a handful of pets, live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, has become her first book to debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her book Change Of Heart was published on March 4, 2008, and became Picoult's second novel to debut at #1 on the NYT Best Seller list.[7]

Recurring characters

"It’s always great fun to bring a character back, because you get to catch up on his/her life; and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel–you already know how he speaks, acts, thinks."[8]


Film and television adaptations

  • The Pact (2002) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • Plain Truth (2004) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • The Tenth Circle (2008) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • My Sister's Keeper (2009) (Feature film)


External links

Preceded by
Will Pfeifer
Wonder Woman writer
Succeeded by
J. Torres


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Jodi Lynn Picoult (born 1966-05-19) is an American author.


  • You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.
  • You don't love someone because they're perfect. You love them in spite of the fact that they're not.
  • Maybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what we're capable of when we least expect it.
  • If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?
  • Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.
  • What if it turns out that a life isn't defined by who you belong to, or where you came from, by what you wished for or whom you've lost, but instead by the moments you spend getting from each of these places to the next?
  • If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn't be filled?

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