Finished Jodi Picoult's
Change of Heart
, this week. As disappointed as I was with
her two previous works, this one is a definite top-three list nominee.
It is as rich and detailed as My Sister's Keeper
, but rather
than what felt like forced literary devices or a plot that rushed to
get through difficult turns, this one moves smoothly from start
to finish. I didn't guess a single surprise (which makes them
surprises), and her new lawyer type is a wonderful character
with a neurotic Jewish mother, neither of whom venture into
stereotype. Most of all, her treatment of religion and belief
is fantastic, in both the fantasy and exemplary use of the word.
I think the book should be required reading for
anyone who shapes their personal conduct framework
on an element of faith.
On the heels of a recommendation, I picked up
Neil Gaiman's American Gods next. The themes are
similar; but Gaiman deals in non-mainstream religions
while also making me question exactly what constitutes
true home-grown religion in America -- something faith based, or
something consumption oriented, or something we
construct? And I'm reminded of William Gibson's
Mona Lisa Overdrive that asked some of
the same questions (using some of the
in a very different way.