Leaving Home brings together three previously published short pieces, each dealing with a variation on the theme of leaving home. The first, “Weights and Measures,” deals with the tragic loss of a child; the second is a nonfiction letter Picoult wrote to her eldest son as he left for college; and “Ritz” tells the story of a mother who takes the vacation all mothers need sometime.“It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong.” —The Washington Post
Jodi Picoult is an American novelist born in Nesconset, Long Island, New York. She has had a very diversified career with her education in writing being received at Princeton University. She had a variety of jobs ranging from writing short stories when still in college for Seventeen magazine and editing text books, to becoming the writer of the DC Comics Wonder Woman (Vol. 3), issue #6 in March 2007 and #10 in June of 2007.
Picoult’s first novel, Nineteen Minutes, about a school shooting in a small town became #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List. Then her second novel also debuted #1, entitled Change of the Heart. In 2009 her novel, My Sister’s Keeper was adapted to a featured film.