Vanishing Acts (Paperback)

By Jodi Picoult

Washington Square Press, 9780743454551, 418pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2005



How do you recover the past when it was never yours to lose?

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall...until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret about herself that changes the world as she knows it -- and threatens to jeopardize her future. With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life -- as we know it -- might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change before our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonishing and timely topic with under-standing, insight, and compassion.

Praise For Vanishing Acts

"[R]ichly textured and engaging."

-- The Boston Globe

"Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller."

-- The New York Times

"What is it about a Jodi Picoult novel that wraps the reader tighter than a spider's silk in the...intricacies of story? Never more gripping is the master plotter than in this, the story of Delia Hopkins."

-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

"Picoult creates a landscape that is fleshed out in rich, journalistic detail, so that readers will come away with intriguing questions."

-- Publishers Weekly

"[A] masterpiece."

-- Romantic Times