Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, because it made me want to be a writer and create a world out of words. When you were growing up did you have books in your home?
The Center squatted on the corner of Juniper and Montfort behind a wrought-iron gate, like an old bulldog used to guarding its territory. At one point, there had been many like it in Mississippi—nondescript, unassuming buildings where services were provided and needs were met.
Then came the restrictions that were designed to make these places go away: One by one the clinics shuttered their windows and boarded up their doors. Now, the Center was a unicorn—a small rectangle of a structure painted a fluorescent, flagrant orange, like a flag to those who had traveled hundreds of miles to find it.
Jodi picoult was the color of safety; the color of warning. The Center had suffered scars from the cuts of politicians and the barbs of protesters.
It had licked its wounds and healed. At one point it had been called the Center for Women and Reproductive Health. But there were those who believed if you do not name a thing, it ceases to exist, and so its title was amputated, like a war injury. But still, it survived. First it became the Center for Women.
The Center was the calm in the middle of a storm of ideology. It was the sun of a universe of women who had run out of time and had run out of choices, who needed a beacon to look up to. And like other things that shine so hot, it had a magnetic pull. Those in need found it the lodestone for their navigation.
Those who despised it could not look away. Today, Wren McElroy thought, was not a good day to die. She had listened to teachers paint the stories of heroes whose tragic deaths somehow enlarged their lives rather than shrinking them.
When Wren was six, her grandmother had died in her sleep. So much left unfinished. No, there was just no way dying could be spun into a good thing. Her grandmother was the only dead person Wren had ever seen, until two hours ago. Now, she could tell you what dying looked like, as opposed to just dead.
One minute, Olive had been there, staring so fierce at Wren—as if she could hold on to the world if her eyes stayed open—and then, in a beat, those eyes stopped being windows and became mirrors, and Wren saw only a reflection of her own panic.
The dead woman was lying down like she was taking a nap, a couch cushion under her head. Her skin was pale on top and then lavender, with a thin line of deep violet where her back met the floor. For a second, Wren thought she was going to throw up. Which, given the circumstances, made Wren a horrible person.
The odds were highly unlikely, but if Wren had to choose, she would die in a black hole. It would be instant and it would be epic. He bought her her first telescope, when she was five. He was the reason she wanted to be an astronaut when she was little, and an astrophysicist as soon as she learned what one was.JODI PICOULT is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and .
Jodi Picoult was born on May 19, in the USA as Jodi Lynn Picoult. She is a writer, known for My Sister's Keeper (), Small Great Things and.
Jodi Picoult received a degree in creative writing from Princeton and a Master's degree in education from Harvard. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Jodi Picoult's novels centre on family, relationships, and the balance of love.
Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper.4/5(K).
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf. Jodi Picoult is the author of 24 novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers SMALL GREAT THINGS, LEAVING TIME, THE STORYTELLER, LONE WOLF, BETWEEN THE LINES, SING YOU HOME, HOUSE RULES, HANDLE WITH CARE, CHANGE OF HEART, NINETEEN MINUTES, and MY SISTER'S KEEPER.
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