Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Book Review

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child's imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter a girl with no religious background might indeed be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy heightens, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left. Is Faith a prophet or a troubled little girl? Is Mariah a good mother facing an impossible crisis or a charlatan using her daughter to get attention?

Another Picoult novel that didn't disappoint. It's just something about the way she writes. Religion is a touchy subject at the best of times so this book could be touchy for some. Also if you are a strong non-believer you may find this book very ... annoying. It's not meant to try to make you believe, it's trying to get you to ask "what if?"
I read the book pretty quickly because I couldn't put it down. Although a good book and definitely recommended I felt like something was missing at the end. So, if anyone else has read this please let me know what you thought. I want to know if anyone else felt that way. Like something wasn't answered? Along with the last couple pages...how did you interpret that?

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