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From the number one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising).

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film.

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by 30, done having kids by 35, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos - days before her 30th birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.

In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself - and wondering if when she goes home, she, too, will have evolved into someone completely different.

©2021 Random House (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Jodi Picoult once again proves she is the master of wading through the darkness to find the light.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising)

Wish You Were Here is a transporting and transcendent novel about seeking out glimmers of light in the darkness, and following them wherever they lead. Jodi Picoult is that rare, one-in-a-million writer whose books both squeeze your heart and expand your mind. Her latest is wise, surprising, and utterly extraordinary.”⁠ (Emily Henry, number one New York Times best-selling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read)

“In Wish You Were Here, Jodi Picoult does something brilliant, cracking open something extraordinary. I am just overwhelmed by this book. I actually finished it at three in the morning and started reading it again.” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of With or Without You)

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Love me some Jodi!

I preordered this book in audible, didn’t hesitate to start it, and listened to it all day at work. Very good! Way different than I expected so I take back my rolled eyes lol. Love Jodi so much and after last year’s book that I shockingly didn’t like at all I’m so thankful for this book. WARNING there are AVENGERS/MCU spoilers inside!!!!!

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Save your money

I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan and this book is bad. It’s so boring there is literally no plot. Seriously disappointed.

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Outstanding!

This book! It wasn’t what I expected at all but I’m so thankful for it.
The story was so well presented and didn’t take the predictable route. The main character’s experience is something I’ve witnessed first hand and Jodi’s research was spot on. I’d love to write more but I can’t without spoilers. Anyway, such a great book! Thank you!

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Absolutely wonderful!!

This was so amazing, I could not stop listening!! The story was amazing and the narration was PERFECT!!

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I'm a huge fan of her work, however, I read to escape reality and this wasn't the chance. great book, great writing as usual.... but just disappointing