Songs of the Humpback Whale

Songs of the Humpback Whale

A Novel in Five Voices

Paperback - 2001
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Sometimes finding your own voice
is a matter of listening to the heart....
Jodi Picoult's powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment....For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent -- and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.
Published: New York : Washington Square Press, 2001, 1992.
ISBN: 9780743431019
0743431014
Branch Call Number: F PIC
Characteristics: 346 p. ;,21 cm.

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akzfineart
Feb 12, 2017

After reading My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult became an instant fave of mine and I just had to read more of her books. I mainly picked up Songs of the Humpback Whale because I saw the title and thought oh! something about humpback whales (I was going through this humpback-obsessed phase at the time). Even though it was not directly about humpback whales (one of the main character’s studies them so it’s a central aspect of the plot), I still loved it!

Jane and Oliver Jones have had a rocky marriage and when Oliver chooses career over family yet again, Jane decides enough is enough and leaves with her daughter, Rebecca for her brother’s apple farm. Character development is huge and Picoult lays out all this emotion in the same way that had me falling in love with My Sister’s Keeper. The one thing I strongly disliked – maybe even hated – about the novel was the ending. I personally didn’t agree with Jane’s choice at the end; I felt like that choice made all the growth gained throughout the novel all for nothing. All in all, it’s interesting to think about what I’d do differently because in that way I’m somewhat in Picoult’s head.

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NanCcan
Jul 17, 2016

After getting hooked on Jodi Picoult, I decided to try to read her novels from first published (this one) to next published. This is the only one that I was not extremely impressed with. Rebecca telling the story backwards is not as well done in this book as when characters and events are told out of order in her other books. It's not a bad book; it still explores events and relationships from every point of view, which is always enlightening; it's just not my favorite Jodi Picoult book.

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suede
Jul 19, 2013

I did not find this title as powerful or compelling as her Nineteen Minutes.

BugLady1 Sep 14, 2011

Good Story. Interesting how Rebecca tells the story in reverse, while everyone else tells it forward. Jodi Picoult has a way of writing that draws you in and keeps you there. Love the points of perspective from the voice of each character. A great read from a great author.

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JustJack
Apr 14, 2011

Another great story by Jodi Piccoult. Will continue to read all books available by this author

loonylovesgood Aug 07, 2009

Jodi Picoult's first novel, and it was pretty good, although not nearly as good as some of her more recent ones. This one is kind of a downer, with no real happy ending. Still, it was a page-turner!

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kirsten
Sep 24, 2008

not one of her better books, but still a decent story line

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