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‘Wish You Were Here’ by Jodi Picoult

A pandemic novel from the bestselling author of ‘My Sister’s Keeper’

Published 02.12.21, 09:36 AM

The onset of the pandemic disrupted our daily lives in unforeseen ways. The same is true for the protagonist of Wish You Were Here, Diana O’ Toole. Both her personal and professional lives were progressing in exactly the way she had envisioned – she was going to be engaged soon and would be married with kids by the time she was 35, all while steadily rising through the ranks at her job. But when the sudden arrival of the virus forces her boyfriend to work extra hours at the hospital, Diana finds herself alone on what was supposed to be a romantic getaway at the Galápagos Islands. Cut off from her familiar world, as Diana forges local connections, she is forced to rethink the life she had carved out for herself – and contemplates whether her world will be completely different once she returns home. 

Published by Penguin Random House, Jodi Picoult’s latest novel explores a plight shared by millions across the world, whose lives were upended by the pandemic. Diana’s journey towards self-discovery makes for a story that exudes hope, wisdom and understanding. 

- Upasya Bhowal 

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