Friday, January 30, 2009

Nineteen Minutes

What can you do in nineteen minutes? In this novel by best-selling author Jodi Piccoult, one young man takes a gun to his high school and wreaks havoc and tragedy in that brief span of time. We know from the beginning of the book that this act of violence has occurred, but not all the details of how and why. The author takes us back in time to the main characters involved and tries to make sense of this senseless event. Picoult is adept at tweaking all the angles of major societal issues, such as school violence, and making us think about the perpetrators, their families, and their victims. She doesn't provide answers, but much food for thought. This is the February selection of the Delphi Morning Book Club, which meets on Friday, February 27 at 9 a.m. at the library. Feel free to join us.

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