Hi All,

I realize we are headed into the holiday season and that Thanksgiving is passé but I am so, so grateful to all of you for placing Wish You Were Here on the NYT Bestseller list. This is my thirteenth consecutive number one debut and I am speechless - to know that Wish You Were Here means as much to you as it does to me is the best gift I could receive this December. I’ve heard from so many of you who are equally speechless about the twist (thanks for all your spoiler-free social media posts!) and from so many first responders and medical professionals who say Finn’s sections made them feel seen in a way they haven’t during this pandemic. And Netflix has noticed your enthusiasm too! They’ve already hired a screenwriter who is adapting the book for screen.

With Omicron banging down the door, Wish You Were Here feels even more timely, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet—I hope you will. I wish you all a safe and healthy holiday full of food, family, and books.

XO,
Jodi

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 Galapagos—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 Galapagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of 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.


Is your book club reading Wish You Were Here? Make sure to check out the book club kit for discussion questions, recipes, a playlist, a note from me, and some pictures from my trip to the Galápagos!


The paperback edition is now available for purchase! It includes a Q&A with Jodi and Jojo Moyes, plus an excerpt from Wish You Were Here!

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She's on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband, but a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, her beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, where she helps ease the transition between life and death for patients in hospice.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a job she once studied for, but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.


Ask Jodi: Answers To Your Questions 

Q: What are you listening to?
JP: Christmas carols.

Q: What are you reading?
JP: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center and The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (which I just finished and LOVED).

Q: What are you watching?
JP: The Witcher.

I kicked off publication day for Wish You Were Here in the US & CA with an appearance on Good Morning America with the wonderful Robin Roberts!

Downloaded (Wish You Were Here) yesterday! ❤️ Halfway through it—it’s actually quite harrowing to read/remember just how crazy last spring was. I’m so glad Jodi Picoult picked that time period to eloquently enclose in a little capsule for us all.

Order your paperback copy of international #1 bestseller, A Spark of Light, which includes a Q&A with Jodi and book club discussion questions.


Congratulations to Rachel, this month's free signed book winner.

Each month, one person will be chosen from my newsletter subscribers or Facebook fans as a winner of a free signed edition of my latest book.

Having had Covid and been in ITU (unsedated non invasive ventilation - I was lucky) and working in healthcare throughout Covid, this book (Wish You Were Here) completely sums up the fear, the PTSD and the kindness of people. I finished it this morning in floods of tears and it will stay with me for some time. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, I’ve read all your books and this one is the best hands down. Thank you 🙏 😊.

The paperback edition includes a reading group guide plus a Q&A with author Celeste Ng!


It came (Wish You Were Here)!!!! Almost hugged the Amazon driver! Crawling into bed, locking the bedroom door and letting the family fend for themselves for dinner tonight!!!!