If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love...


Jodi Picoult is one of the most successful contemporary writers ever. She's written more than 20 novels and her work has been translated into 34 languages and made into movies. Her stories are emotional heavy-hitters. If you're a fan of Picoult, former International Festival of Authors programmer Rachel Harry believes you'll love Madeleine Thien's novel Simple Recipes She explained why to The Next Chapter's Shelagh Rogers:

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Why Jodi Picoult is so popular:

There's nobody like Jodi Picoult. Her son, when he was five, was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. It was a tumour that required something like 13 brain operations to get out. Clearly this informs the way this woman writes and the way she questions the rights of the child and the failings of parenthood. Then she picks out hot-button societal topics and weaves the troubles and queries of childhood and family into those topics. It's a very rounded approach to storytelling.

Why Jodi Picoult fans will like Simple Recipes:

This is an incredible book of short stories. Every one is about the family and each one is like a tiny little nugget of sensitivity and experience, all from the family but specifically from the child's perspective. Each one is so completely different. She has managed to give a description and a perspective of many different family dynamics. She encapsulates it so meaningfully and so quickly. It's a fabulous book.

Rachel's comments have been edited and condensed.