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Keeping Faith

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult

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| Paperback | 9780688177744

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For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith be Continue

For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child's imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter--a girl with no religious background-might actually be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy flares, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left. Building inexorably to a climactic battle for custody, Keeping Faith explores a family plagued by the media, the medical profession, and organized religion in a world where everyone has an opinion but no one knows the truth. Fascinating, thoughtful, and suspenseful, this extraordinary novel is Jodi Picoult at her best: controversial and compelling.

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    I'm an atheist but I don't dislike reading this kind of books, but this one has not an ending! I kept reading til the end looking forward for some kind of explanation, rational or not, but at least a sort of ending! Instead the book ends without expl ...(continue)

    I'm an atheist but I don't dislike reading this kind of books, but this one has not an ending! I kept reading til the end looking forward for some kind of explanation, rational or not, but at least a sort of ending! Instead the book ends without explaining anything... is Faith really seeing God? Is just her imagination? Were the miracles real or not? Does the crowd of people keep staying in front of their house or do they go away? Will Faith live a normal life? This Ms Picoult doesn't tell us. So why writing this book? Is it about spirituality? But if this is not an essay and you introduce a plot with a start you should end this plot or at least write a sequel...
    Maybe it's just me, I didn't understand the "message" of this book. Two stars because it's well written.
    Please feel free to answer this comment, I would like very much to know your opinion!

    PS: I'm sorry for my poor english...

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    ♪ La Spalmatrice ♫ said on Aug 18, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Good enough for 5 stars. That says it all!
    Quite a strange story with funny and unrealistic courtroom's dialogues.

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    jelabino said on May 4, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    小女孩Faith說自己看的到上帝
    不過是童言童語 卻引來一堆成人信眾以及娛樂新聞的追趕
    我討厭這樣荒謬的社會

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    Sarah Wang said on Jan 27, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    More controversy ...

    Another of Picoult's dramas based on the controversial topic of religion, a story that will draw you in and keep you page-turning until the end.

    Within a disintegrating marriage, a child of a mixed marriage (Jewish-Episcopalian) suddenly says that ...(continue)

    Another of Picoult's dramas based on the controversial topic of religion, a story that will draw you in and keep you page-turning until the end.

    Within a disintegrating marriage, a child of a mixed marriage (Jewish-Episcopalian) suddenly says that she talks with a female God, spouting Bible verses, and developing stigmata. True or hoax? Is it a ploy to get her parents' attention? Is there any evidence of abuse? All angles are examined, and yet no one can discount the possibility of a miracle.

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    guiltlessreader aka screamingbanshee said on Dec 4, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Is it just me or does Picoult seem to write about controversial subjects almost flawlessly? This is the second book I've read of her's where religion played a large factor in the book. I was awed at the ease with which she discusses hot religious top ...(continue)

    Is it just me or does Picoult seem to write about controversial subjects almost flawlessly? This is the second book I've read of her's where religion played a large factor in the book. I was awed at the ease with which she discusses hot religious topics, without offense. Great storyteller. I will continue to keep reading.

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    Leahrussell76 said on Jul 24, 2009 | Add your feedback

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