Jodi Picoult

My new novel!

By Any Other Name
Publication dates:
US/CA - August 20, 2024
UK - October 10, 2024

By Any Other Name

“[An] inspiring work of feminist literature.”
Elle Magazine

A captivating new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and co-author of Mad Honey.

Two women, centuries, apart – one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare's plays – are forced to hide behind another name to make their voices heard.

In 1581, Emilia Bassano—like most young women of her day—is allowed no voice of her own. But as the Lord Chamberlain’s mistress, she has access to all theater in England, and finds a way to bring her work to the stage secretly. And yet, creating some of the world’s greatest dramatic masterpieces comes at great cost: by paying a man for the use of his name, she will write her own out of history.

2024 Book Tour

USA: August 15 - September 27 2024

I’m looking forward to meeting my readers on book tour this year!

TikTok & Threads

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—Jodi is now on TikTok, and Threads, the new text-based app to rival Twitter. Join the conversation there @jodipicoult

Mad Honey

Mad Honey
–co-written with Jennifer Finney Boylan.

A soul-stirring new novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and the bestselling author of She‘s Not There.

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Professor Finney Boylan

Heart-pounding and heartbreaking. This collaboration between two best-selling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys, creating a provocative exploration of the strength that love and acceptance require.
The Washington Post

Mad Honey

Wish You Were Here
– Jodi's 2021 novel

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes comes a deeply moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis. Learn more

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film!

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

Between the Lines Musical

Here’s a peek at the music:

Between the Lines Musical

Have you ever wanted to escape into a book?
What if it became real?

An Extraordinary Musical

Based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha, Between The Lines Musical is an empowering and enchanting new musical for anyone who has ever sought to find their place in the world. An outsider in a new town and a new school, Delilah seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur in both extraordinary and astonishing ways, Delilah has to confront whether she has the power to rewrite her story.

BETWEEN THE LINES played it’s final performance off-broadway on September 11, 2022.

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We hope to stream the show at a later date, so one day audiences all over the world (not just NYC) can buy a ticket. We have a licensing deal, and hope to see versions of the show in regional theaters in the future. We believe we will see other productions one day, overseas.

BREATHE Musical Brand


I am so, so proud of the work that was done bringing a musical to life during the pandemic – and was thrilled to hear so many raves from audience members. Thank you for your support!

Enjoy listening to the soundtrack on Spotify or YouTube.
—xoxo Jodi

The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that change the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband, but a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

After a near-death experience, Dawn questions whether to return to her family and her job as a death doula, or to the life she abandoned 15 years ago… when she left behind a career in Egyptology, and the man she loved. Who would you be, if you weren’t who you are now?

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#TBOTW debuted instantly #1 as a NYT bestseller!

Praise for The Book of Two Ways

Similar to Alice Hoffmans depiction of complex family ties, Picoults latest stretches the importance of recognizing our bonds to those we love. Highly recommended for open-minded readers.
Library Journal, STARRED review
A thrilling adventure . . . With Picoult’s stories, there is always something new to learn, and The Book of Two Ways is no exception. . . . A fun and interesting read, one that will lead readers to both learn a lot and also ask themselves key questions about how to create happy lives for themselves during the short time we have on earth.
Associated Press
Jodi Picoult fans rejoice! . . . The Book of Two Ways is one story you won’t be able to put down
E! Online
What it would have looked like during Wyatt's excavation.
A Spark of Light paperback

The NEW paperback edition is now available!

A Spark of Light

A powerful and provocative novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic —its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. Read on »

Critical acclaim…

“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.”
PEOPLE magazine
A Spark Of Light is a book written with warmth and urgency. Picoult sees humans at their best, while understanding them at their most fragile. The story is told in real time, but backwards, a startlingly effective framing device as its texture and tone take on a greater weight than the events it is comprised of...In a lesser writer’s hands, A Spark Of Light could simply be a pacy page turner, but Picoult’s timing is a Brechtian masterstroke. We know what’s going to happen, and instead of breathlessly leading us to an ending, Picoult forces us to focus on the flesh and feelings of everyone who populates the world she has drawn. She makes the political personal, and I believe her novel has the power to alter the landscape at a time when women’s reproductive rights are constantly under threat. ...There’s a lyricism to Picoult’s language, and she sketches her characters vividly and immediately, using the stories they tell as a way of illuminating their creativity and sensitivity. A Spark Of Light is about love and pain, but Picoult never tells you how to feel. She simply explores and promotes the link between intelligence and empathy – and when both qualities are in desperately short supply, I think she’s a writer the world needs to be reading right now.”

#ASparkOfLight debuts as the #1 NYT bestseller!

Join the conversation about A Spark of Light

The #1 New York Times bestseller, Indie Next pick, with 1 million copies sold, is now available in paperback! The paperback edition includes a reading group guide and a Q&A with author Celeste Ng.

Small Great Things

In her highly acclaimed 2016 novel, SMALL GREAT THINGS, Jodi tackles the profoundly challenging yet essential concerns of our time: prejudice, race, and justice.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? …more

#1 SMALL GREAT THINGS debuts as #1 NYT bestseller!

SMALL GREAT THINGS is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers...The difficult self awareness is what sustains this book...forcing engaged readers to meditate on their own beliefs and actions along with these characters....It's also exciting to have a high-profile writer like Picoult take an earnest risk to expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.
Washington Post
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—Audra McDonald on Small Great Things and Shine
Was so honored to be a part of this. Both books are moving, gorgeous, mind blowing, and perfect. Xo

eShorts and Novellas



Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.

Today, she's married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanish —echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there's something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?

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Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in Shine. It's a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things, and introduces readers to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks.

Today is Ruth’s first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York’s Upper East Side couldn’t be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers only see her dark skin. …more

Catch up with Jodi…

Hale medal

Jodi is the 2019 recipient of the legendary Hale Award. The Sarah Josepha Hale Award has been presented annually since 1956 and is a New England award given by the trustees of the Richards Free Library (Newport, NH) in recognition of a distinguished body of work in the field of literature and letters. Named for poet Sarah Josepha Hale, the award honors the contribution of one of America’s most powerful women of the Nineteenth Century.

It is estimated that there are 40 million books by Jodi Picoult in print —in 35 countries. Wondering what makes Jodi such a prolific, bestselling author? Learn more about Jodi and read her latest answers to frequently asked questions.

Meet Jodi in person at an upcoming book tour! See new photos and videos and listen to podcasts on Jodi's new media page. And… always get the latest news: sign up to receive her monthly newsletter “From the Desk of Jodi Picoult”.

Cover illustration by Tim Bower

Cover illustration by Tim Bower

Jodi Picoult is ranked in "top ten" of Princeton's 25 most influential living alumni

January 5, 2018. A panel convened in October 2017 to ask the question: who among Princeton's living alumni is doing the most to shape the world of 2018? They proceeded to identify today's 25 most influential alumni. Jodi is tied at #10 with David E. Kelley (creator of the hit TV shows Big Little Lies, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, and Jennifer Weiner (bestselling author of 12 novels including Good in Bed, All Fall Down, and In Her Shoes). She's in rare company with other influential Princetonians including #1 Jeff Bezos, #2 Robert Mueller, #6 tech guru Eric Schmidt (Google) and #8 Michelle Obama.

Jodi is honored to be included in this listing of Princeton alum to shape the world in which we live. right now.

Princeton University Class Day 2016 - Jodi Picoult '87. May 30, 2016


‘Picoult is a master in dissecting and describing the tangle of family relationships and the counterbalance of love.’
— Tampa Tribune

Flip through Jodi's books

Use your arrow keys to flip through Jodi's most recent and soon-to-be-published works. Click on a jacket and visit that book's own page.

  • The Storyteller
  • Larger Than Life
  • Leaving Time
  • The Book of Two Ways
  • Mad Honey
  • By-Any-Other-Name-300h
  • Wish-You-Were-Here
  • A Spark of Light
  • Small Great Things
  • Off the Page

Published novels: 1992-present

Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995), Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998), Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister's Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Heart (2008), Handle With Care (2009), House Rules (2010), Sing You Home (2011), Lone Wolf (2012), The Storyteller (2013), Leaving Time (2014), Small Great Things (2016), and her powerful and provocative new novel, A Spark of Light (2018), about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis, The Book of Two Ways (2020), about the choices that alter the course of our lives, Wish You Were Here (2021), about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis, Mad Honey (2022), about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind, and the YA novels Between The Lines (2012), and Off The Page (2015), co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer.