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Exploring the Themes of Identity and Acceptance in 'Mad Honey' by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

Book cover of Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

There’s nothing quite as comforting as curling up with a good book and immersing yourself into the intricate narratives woven by talented authors.

In just over month I’ll be going to the Hay Festival for the very first time and have tickets for the Jodi Picoult, By Any Other Name: Proof Party. A free copy of her forthcoming novel comes as part of the ticket price.

Picoult’s event is now sold out and not surprising as her fans are always eagerly awaiting her next release. With works that delve deep into the human experience, Picoult has left an indelible mark on the literary world.

What I'm Currently Reading:

At the moment I am reading Picoult’s Mad Honey which she co-wrote with author Jennifer Finney Boylan, whom I’d not heard of before. Set against the backdrop of familial complexities and moral dilemmas, this novel navigates the intricacies of relationships and the pursuit of happiness amidst life's uncertainties. I’m actually listening to this as an audio book as I’m doing the free trial on Amazon Audible (again). I’ve been so drawn into a world where secrets unravel, emotions run high, and characters grapple with decisions that challenge their very core. Written from the point of view of two main characters, the part of Olivia is written by Picoult and Finney writes in Lily’s voice. It’s wonderfully interwoven and works so seamlessly, you wouldn’t know that two authors were involved. As a writer I’d imagine you’d have to be a great fan and extremely knowledgeable of your co-writer’s books for this to ever work. But it so does in this case.

About Jodi Picoult:

Jodi Picoult's career is a testament to her prowess as a storyteller. With over two dozen novels to her name, she has carved a niche for herself in the literary landscape, earning acclaim for her thought-provoking narratives and deft exploration of controversial topics. From My Sister's Keeper to The Pact and beyond, Picoult's works have sparked conversations and stirred emotions. I don’t claim to have read them all but she really has achieved so much as a published author. If I include books written in my pen I have 15 titles, 10 published so far and the next three on their way to being published this year. So not quite in Picoult’s league not in volume or popularity – yet!

What sets Picoult apart is her ability to tackle complex issues with sensitivity and nuance, inviting readers to confront their own beliefs and perceptions. Whether she's exploring themes of family, justice, or identity, her narratives are imbued with authenticity and empathy, resonating with readers from all walks of life. Certainly Mad Honey has got me questioning my beliefs. But I don’t want to give any spoilers.

Jodi Picoult's Influence On Me:

As I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to attend the author interview with Jodi Picoult at the Hay Festival, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the impact she has had on my writing journey. Armed with newfound inspiration and a renewed sense of purpose, I am keen to continue honing my craft and sharing stories that touch the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. In the words of Jodi Picoult herself, ‘You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page.’ So here's to embracing the blank page, to writing with passion and purpose, and to the enduring legacy of storytellers like Jodi Picoult who inspires me to keep on writing.

Mad Honey Book Trailer:

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