What's admirable about Nineteen Minutes is the daring risk Picoult took with her subject matter—school shootings. Presented from shifting points of view, she achieves the near impossible—building sympathy and understanding for the young shooter and his family.
The real reason I hope book clubs will select this work is because of the rich discussions it should generate—about family and society. Picoult presents us with a mother lode of ideas, moments, and observations that clubs can take off on. Here are just a few that struck me:
There's much more to discuss about Picoult's book; I've barely scratched the surface. But it's a book that will yield terrific conversations.
See our Reading Guide for Nineteen Minutes.
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