WISH YOU WERE HERE

Submitted by Betty Wilson on Thu, 01/13/2022 - 14:16
Author
JODI PICOULT
WISH YOU WERE HERE

Diana and Finn, an upwardly mobile couple living and working in New York City, are preparing to take a dream vacation to the Galapagos when the Coronavirus slams into the city.  Finn, a surgical resident, has to stay and face the ongoing crisis at the hospital, but he urges Diana to go without him.  Diana goes, but the dream soon turns into a nightmare.  Most of her luggage is lost, her hotel is closed, there's virtually no Wi-fi and then the whole island is quarantined so she can't even go home.  As the whole world is thrown into turmoil, being stranded in Paradise doesn't sound like that bad a deal, but it still has a life-changing effect on Diana.  As usual, Jodi Picoult's writing is sublime.  This book was as timely as ever, but lacked some of the controversy usually revolving in one of her novels.  A plot twist midway through was an interesting surprise, but there's no surprise that Picoult has written another intelligent, inspiring story.