Hi all,

It happened. I got my first vaccine.

It wasn’t a simple process, and in my case involved a clinic with extra vaccine doses at the end of the day, and all the stars aligning. But it happened. 

I run a teen theatre troupe in NH, and the volunteer who took me into the actual room where the vaccines were was one of my youth actors. This past year, our annual show was – obviously – cancelled, and we had to find a different, virtual way to bring kids together. This girl’s eyes lit up when she recognized me behind my mask. It truly felt perfect that she was the one who would lead me to a shot that allowed me to be part of a wider world again. I’m a Moderna Mama, and my second appointment is in a couple of weeks.

Everyone talks about the side effects of the vaccine. Here’s one that no one talks about: the moment that the Band-aid was affixed to my upper arm, all the fear and anxiety and frustration that had followed me like my own personal thundercloud for the past year was…gone. I am still weeks away from mingling with the masses…but now, I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope, it turns out, is the most beautiful thing.

Please get vaccinated when it’s your turn, and when you can snag an appointment. 

The world is looking a little brighter to me these days, for two reasons. One is a secret I’ll share with you as soon as I am allowed. The other is a project I’ll be sharing with you in a special newsletter in about a week. I can’t wait.  

XO
Jodi

If your life flashed before your eyes, what would you see?
Who would you see?
Is it the one who got away?
What if you had a chance to take the path you didn't take the first time?

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: Right now, as I type, I am virtually in a recording studio listening to Daniel Yearwood (an actor from Hamilton) laying down vocal tracks for the cast album of a new musical I wrote.

Q: What are you reading?
JP: The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian, The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley, Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore and Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Q: What are you watching?
JP: The One (Netflix) and The Luminaries (Starz).

A conversation about race and fiction between me and Nancy Johnson?


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Thank you both. Your conversation (Jodi Picoult with Nancy Johnson on race and fiction) helped me think through some things. You and Nancy Johnson gave us something of a new lexicon for articulating the challenges and realities - and possibilities - of the world we live in. Thank you for that!

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


Thank you to you and Nancy for hosting a wonderful and eye-opening discussion (Jodi Picoult with Nancy Johnson on race and fiction). You have been one of my favorite authors for years! I had the privilege of meeting you 10 years ago (omg I can’t believe it’s been 10 years!) in DC when you were speaking on the book Sing You Home. I haven’t had as much reading time lately but I bought both books last night after the discussion and am very much looking forward to reading them and figuring out what else I can do. As you guys had suggested, I found a small book store by me that is a Black-owned business. It’s going to take a little longer to get the books, but I went there instead of big-box where I could have easily gotten them faster. Small steps, but with the hope of bigger leaps in the future. Thank you again for a heart-felt discussion.

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

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This was so good (Jodi Picoult with Nancy Johnson on race and fiction)!!! I realized all the books I own are by white authors. I took some of the recommendations last night and put them on my TBR! One small step towards greater things!

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"Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying 'You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.' It’s saying, 'You don't get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future'. - Jodi Picoult“

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“‘My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.’ — Jodi Picoult”