Wish You Were Here: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Picoult, Jodi
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Sagas
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: June 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes "a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit" (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six)

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film • Named one of the best books of the year by She Reads

Diana O'Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She's an associate specialist at Sotheby's now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She's not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos-days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It's all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana's dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they'd booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father's suspicion of outsiders.

In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself-and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.

"[M]eticulously researched. . . . Beautiful lagoons hide riptides, spectacular volcanic vistas conceal deep pits-and penguins bite! . . . [Picoult has a] penchant for grounding every fictional scenario in thoroughly documented fact. . . . Between lurid scenes of plague and paradise, whiplash may ensue." -Kirkus Reviews

"[A] satisfying blend of those familiar Picoult elements, all operating at their best. . . . [A] smart and emotional page-turner that makes space for individual life crises in the face of a global one." -Irish Times

"Jodi Picoult once again proves she is the master of wading through the darkness to find the light." -Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising

"Wish You Were Here is a transporting and transcendent novel about seeking out glimmers of light in the darkness, and following them wherever they lead. Jodi Picoult is that rare, one-in-a-million writer whose books both squeeze your heart and expand your mind. Her latest is wise, surprising, and utterly extraordinary."⁠ -Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read

"A must read. . . . Wish You Were Here is a deeply emotional novel that captures the beauty of the Galápagos juxtaposed with the terror and panic we all felt in the beginning of the pandemic." -POPSUGAR

"Jodi Picoult's latest novel explores a plight shared by millions across the world, whose lives were upended by the pandemic. Diana's journey towards self-discovery makes for a story that exudes hope, wisdom and understanding." -Telegraph India

"[In] Wish You Were Here, [Picoult] uses her excellent character writing skills and days of research and interview material to compel readers to relive the relatable confusion and chaos of early lockdown through the lens of two lovers separated by travel restrictions." -BookTrib

"Wish You Were Here doesn't shy away from the devastation of COVID-19-but it's simply the springboard, born out of Picoult's enforced isolation, for a tale of self-discovery. . . . [A] satisfying and thought-provoking narrative." -Star Tribune
Biographical NoteJodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including The Book of Two Ways, A Spark of Light, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister's Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.