Need 2 Read: Wednesday Book Column

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Every Wednesday, Culture Clash will feature a few must-reads across different genres. Dive in with a good book.

Michael Herrera

Title: Mercy

Author: Jodi Picoult

Pages: 416


Picoult’s novel questions the sanctity of marriage when a terminally ill wife asks her husband, Jaime, to kill her out of mercy. As a result of this event, Jaime’s cousin, police chief Cameron McDonald, is now faced with the fact that he has to put his cousin through a brutal trial to determine his fate. Amidst of all this chaos, Cameron finds himself in a stale marriage with his wife Allie when he becomes attracted by her assistant Mia. The vastly different lives of Cameron and Jaime intersect to question what it means to truly love someone and what it means to betray.

Title: A Change of Heart

Author: Jodi Picoult

Pages: 480


This novel follows a mother, June Nealon, on her emotional journey to recovery after the murder of her daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Kurt, by a man named Shay Bourne. About 11 years after their deaths, June has another daughter, Claire, who is in need of a heart transplant, and Shay offers to donate his own heart to Claire in order to find one last piece of salvation before he is sentenced to death. June, however, is at war between what is right and what is wrong. Should she accept the heart of someone who allegedly murdered her husband and daughter, or should she swallow her pride in order to save her daughter’s life and grant Shay his one wish before he dies?