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Vanishing Acts: A Novel
by Jodi Picoult

Published: 2005-03-15
Kindle Edition : 448 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her ability to tap into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she explores what happens when a young woman's past -- a past she didn't even know she had -- catches up to her just in time to threaten her future.
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her ability to tap into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she explores what happens when a young woman's past -- a past she didn't even know she had -- catches up to her just in time to threaten her future.
Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, 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. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.
In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth -- even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you've loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you've always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life -- as we know it -- might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Jodi Picoult handles a difficult and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.

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  "Vanishing Act"by wilharleybook (see profile) 05/12/11

 
  "Vanishing Acts"by niteskye (see profile) 08/13/10

This is the first book that I have read by this author. I liked the style of writing, however it sometimes became confusing and I had to re-check which character was writing each chapter. The topic of... (read more)

 
  "Vanishing Acts: A Novel"by vsneed (see profile) 05/12/10

 
  "Vanishing act"by msdoss (see profile) 10/31/09

Jodi Picoult always writes about modern controversies in very interesting ways. Unfortunately, I was looking for the twist as I read, and correctly figured it out. Bummer! She used to surprise me!

 
  "Vanishing Acts"by meemaalyn (see profile) 07/26/09

Jodi Picoult again takes current headlines and crafts a thought-provoking novel.

 
  "The book created a stimulating discussion with our group."by lamccormick (see profile) 03/10/08

At 32, Delia Hopkins discovers that her beloved father had kidnapped her from her mother and raised her in secret in New Hampshire. As the story unfolds her father is put on trial to be defended by Delia's... (read more)

 
  "The decision of this single father to a very difficult situation is a study of parental love and choices that shape lives."by cheryloconnor (see profile) 03/09/08

Liked all the characters, but found the daughter least likeable. Regardless of whether the father's choice was the right, or best, one for his daughter, himself and his former wife, believed that he made... (read more)

 
  "Great book for club discussions"by mnm11901 (see profile) 05/06/07

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