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Occupation  Novelist
Role  Author
Name  Jodi Picoult
Period  1992–present
Nationality  American

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Born  Jodi Lynn Picoult May 19, 1966 (age 49) Nesconset, Long Island, New York, United States (1966-05-19)
Spouse  Timothy Warren Van Leer (m. 1989)
Movies  My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, The Pact, The Tenth Circle, Salem Falls
Children  Jake van Leer, Sammy van Leer, Kyle van Leer
Education  Harvard University, Princeton University
Books  My Sister's Keeper, Leaving Time, Nineteen Minutes, The Storyteller, The Pact
Similar People  Samantha van Leer, Nick Cassavetes, Joe Phillips, Len Wein, Jeremy Leven

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Jodi Lynn Picoult (; born May 19, 1966) is an American writer. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Currently approximately 14 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, translated into 34 languages.


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Early life

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Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York, on Long Island, and raised there by her parents; she has one brother, who is younger. Her family moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. She has described her family as "non-practicing Jewish". Picoult wrote her first story at age five, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood". Picoult's mother and grandmother were both teachers, and she says that their influence on her was very important.


She studied creative writing at Princeton University with Mary Morris, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. Picoult has two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees; one from Dartmouth College in 2010, the other from the University of New Haven in 2012.

In 2016, Picoult was selected to be Princeton's Class Day Speaker before commencement.


Picoult became the writer of the DC Comics series Wonder Woman (vol. 3), following the departure of Allan Heinberg. Her first issue (number 6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue number 10, released on June 27, 2007.

Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, was her first book to debut at number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Her book Change of Heart, published on March 4, 2008, and was her second novel to debut at number 1 on that list. Handle with Care in 2009 and House Rules in 2010 also reached number 1 on the Times best-seller list.


In 2016, Picoult joined the advisory board of Vida: Women in Literary Arts, a "non-profit feminist organization committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalized voices, including people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals". Picoult's website says that VIDA: Women in Literary Arts is a research-driven organization.

She was a member of the inaugural Writers Council of the National Writing Project in 2013, an organization which recognizes the "universality of writing as a communicative tool and helps teachers enhance student writing". This inaugural group consisted of 30 published authors.

She was a spokesperson for Positive Tracks, which empowers young people to fundraise through the power of athletics and partners with other charitable organizations.

In 2010, Picoult led the 5th Annual Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hero Half Marathon & Relay 5K Walk around Occum Pond and through the town of Hanover, New Hampshire.

She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an organization seeking to end the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire through outreach, education and advocacy.

She was the co-founder, with Marjorie Rose, of the Trumbull Hall Troupe in 2004 as a means of providing children with a fun, educational theatre experience. Children from grade 6 through grade 12 audition to be in an original musical written by Picoult and the composer Ellen Wilber. The proceeds are donated to local charities. The organization's contributions since its founding have exceeded $120,000.

On January 21, 2017, Picoult spoke at the New Hampshire Women's Day of Action and Unity in support of the Women's March on Washington.

Honors and awards

  • New England Bookseller Award for Fiction (2003)
  • Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association (2005)
  • Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year (2005)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America
  • Fearless Fiction Award from Cosmopolitan magazine (2007)
  • Waterstone's Author of the Year (UK)
  • Vermont Green Mountain Book Award (2007)
  • New Hampshire Granite State Book Award
  • Virginia Reader's Choice Award (2007)
  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award (2006)
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award (2007)
  • New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit (2013–14)
  • Personal life

    Picoult has been married to Timothy Warren van Leer, whom she met in college, since 1989. They and their three children, Samantha van Leer, Kyle van Leer, and Jake van Leer, live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

    Recurring characters

  • Jordan McAfee, his son Thomas, and his wife, Selena, are featured in the novels The Pact, Salem Falls and Nineteen Minutes.
  • Patrick Ducharme, a detective, is featured in Perfect Match and Nineteen Minutes. She has stated that she brought Patrick's character back for a second novel because she had a crush on him.
  • Ian Fletcher of Keeping Faith makes a brief appearance in Change of Heart, published in 2008.
  • Frankie Martine, first featured in Salem Falls, returns in Second Glance and Perfect Match.
  • Nina Frost, a main character in Perfect Match, is mentioned in Nineteen Minutes.
  • Peter Houghton, a main character in Nineteen Minutes, is mentioned briefly in House Rules.
  • "It's always great fun to bring a character back, because you get to catch up on his/her life; and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel—you already know how he speaks, acts, thinks."

    Film and television adaptations

  • The Pact (2002) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • Plain Truth (2004) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • The Tenth Circle (2008) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • My Sister's Keeper (2009) (Feature film)
  • Salem Falls (2011) (Lifetime Original Movie)
  • References

    Jodi Picoult Wikipedia