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Second Glance: A Novel
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This breathtaking novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult asks: Do we love across time, or in spite of it?
"Sometimes I wonder....Can a ghost find you, if she wants to?"

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

Enter Ross Wakeman, a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He's driven his car off a bridge into a lake. He's been mugged in New York City and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiancée's death in a car crash eight years ago. Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the woman he loves. But in Comtosook, the only discovery Ross can lay claim to is that of Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. Thus begins Jodi Picoult's enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate, and a crime of passion.

Hailed by critics as a "master" storyteller (The Washington Post), Picoult once again "pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable" (Denver Post). Second Glance, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history—Vermont's eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s—to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us—literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?
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"Sometimes I wonder....Can a ghost find you, if she wants to?"

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Hailed by critics as a "master" storyteller (The Washington Post), Picoult once again "pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable" (Denver Post). Second Glance, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history—Vermont's eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s—to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us—literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?
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      • content: There's no more interesting protagonist in crime fiction....Don't miss this series.
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        It is August in Comtosook, Vt., yet suddenly the temperature fluctuates wildly, rose petals mysteriously fall like snow, patches of land are completely frozen and roiling garter snakes cover the ground. Suspense and the supernatural are artfully interwoven in this 10th novel by Picoult (Perfect Match,
        etc.), in which a man desperately seeks to join his fiancée in death, and a 1930s eugenics project comes back to haunt a small town in Vermont. Ever since his beloved Aimee was killed in a car accident, Ross Wakeman has deliberately put himself at risk, hoping to die. When nothing works, and a job with a paranormal investigator brings him no closer to Aimee, he moves in with his sister, Shelby, in Comtosook. As chance would have it, strange phenomena are plaguing the town, and Ross is drawn into an investigation of a piece of land that local Abenaki Indians claim is an old burial ground. In the process, he meets lovely Lia Beaumont, who has some mysterious connection to sinister goings-on 70 years before in Comtosook. Many more characters are essential to the elaborate, engrossing plot, including Spencer Pike, once a eugenics expert and now a tormented old man in a nursing home; Meredith Oliver, a genetic diagnostician with an uncanny resemblance to Lia Beaumont; and Ross's eight-year-old nephew, Ethan, who suffers from a condition that makes him allergic to sunlight. Picoult's ability to bring them all vividly to life is remarkable. Firmly rooting her otherworldly tale in everyday reality, she produces a spellbinding suspense novel offering insight into the human spirit and the depths of true love. (Apr.)Forecast:With this foray into the fantastic, Picoult proves there's little she can't do. National advertising and a 14-city author tour should help propel the book onto bestseller lists.

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        Hired as a "ghost hunter," over-the-edge Ross Wakeman is really hoping to encounter his long-dead fianc e. Instead, he encounters lovely Lia-and a crumbling gravestone carrying her name.

        Copyright 2002 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        December 15, 2002
        Ross Wakeman has been hunting for ghosts, hoping to reconnect with the love of his life, Aimee, killed in a car accident years ago. After leaving his job with a renowned but deceitful ghost hunter, Ross seeks solace in Comtosook, Vermont, with his sister, Shelby, and her son, Ethan, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Ross finds himself searching for another ghost when he is hired by Rod van Vleet, who wants to tear down a stately old house and build a strip mall. But the house might be haunted, and members of the Abenaki tribe are claiming the land as a burial ground. While investigating the house, Ross meets Lia, a beautiful young woman who seems to share Ross' interest in the land. Ross is surprised to find himself falling for Lia, and his fixation on her leads him to a 70-year-old mystery. Ross, Shelby, and Eli Rochert, a police officer who has taken a shine to Shelby, uncover the murder of a young woman and its startling ties to eugenics experiments carried out in the 1930s by some of Vermont's most prominent citizens. Best-selling author Picoult mixes shocking fact and compelling fiction to produce a mesmerizing tale of love and second chances.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2002, American Library Association.)

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"Sometimes I wonder....Can a ghost find you, if she wants to?"

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