Where There's Smoke: A Short Story

Where There's Smoke: A Short Story

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by Jodi Picoult
     
 
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who “writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters

Overview

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who “writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time.
 
Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage—to both her reputation and her show—Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.
 
Praise for Jodi Picoult
 
“Picoult is a rare writer who delivers, book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller.”The New York Times
 
“If Picoult were a general, she would be Patton; if a sports franchise, the New York Yankees; if a natural phenomenon, the sunrise.”Tampa Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804180795
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/19/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
35
Sales rank:
17,563
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives with her husband and three children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
May 19, 1966
Place of Birth:
Nesconset, Long Island, NY
Education:
A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University
Website:
http://www.jodipicoult.com/

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Where There's Smoke: A Short Story 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People, come on, rate the story and how it is written, not the e-book or even nook process. This was NOT the Free Friday book, it was the bonus. You do not even have to wait for Friday, you can go to shop any time and search 0.00 for all free books. And of course this is short, it is clearly labeled a Short Story! And it was a good, fast read, with NO typos, and a character you would like to get to know better, and guess what? She appears again in the new book coming out in October! It's all good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Picoult wrote one of my favorite books, " PLAIN TRUTH "It was published quite a while ago and every once in a while, I pull it out and reread it. It is about a young Amish girl involved in unusual circumstances. This book was made into a movie. I think I have read all her books. As with most authors, some are better than others. This short story, after taking out all the not story stuff, is only about 20 pages long. It was free, perfectly edited and well written. I wish it had been longer. What there is very good. I feel as if the ending left me hanging. There was not much resolution in the conclusion. I want more. I was hoping it was a prelude or excerpt, but could not find a continuation. This book can be read by ages 13 and up. There are no adult themes. Itis not chick lit. It is paranormal in genre. I enjoyed it. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy ejoyed this short story. I just don'f understand why others complain abot a book that cost them nothing. Aother good free friday book!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Where There’s Smoke is a short story by popular American author, Jodi Picoult. Serenity Jones is a genuine psychic with her own TV show. She’s been psychic all her life, something her mother recognised from her own great-grandma, an Iroquois healer. Serenity has two spirit guides: Lucinda, a re¿ned, elderly African- American woman; and Desmond, a ¿erce, feisty gay man. When a war widow whose husband died in Iraq comes on the show wanting to contact him, his message for his wife is not what she was hoping for. And when the reaction this elicits is not to his satisfaction, Serenity becomes the subject of his ire. Serenity Jones is a fascinating and rather fiery woman who is a pivotal character in Picoult’s twenty-third novel, Leaving Time, and Picoult offered this short story as a free gift to fans eagerly awaiting her latest novel. The short story also includes and excerpt from Leaving Time. An excellent taster.  
micharch More than 1 year ago
Jodi Picoult takes us on a ride in this book with a psychic.  Serenity has a talk show and uses her spirit guides to help her to readings on her audience.  In one such reading she uncovers a secret and then the ghost of the deceased becomes a poltergeist.  The poltergeist has an unusual way of letting her know that he is unhappy.  It had a few sad parts that were a bit tough to deal with but otherwise was interesting and overall pretty well done. If you like Jodi Picoult's other works, you will enjoy this one. 
me2nc More than 1 year ago
What a great short read!  Jodi never disappoints and now I can't wait for her new novel Leaving Time to come out.  My favorite author has once again written a fascinating story....even  one that can be read in just minutes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only bad thing about this story is that it is too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice short story she is better then this like House Rules
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it were longer! This short story was great! My only complaint isthat it was too short!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written and a good short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was good. However, I would have liked it to be a bit longer. The story kind of leaves you at the end guessing what might have happened at the end.
Snowflake72 More than 1 year ago
Well written. Interested to read more of this character
reneesarah More than 1 year ago
The writing in this sample was pretty good, although the way it ended did not feel like the ending of a short story. It was good enough that I thought my mother would enjoy reading a book by Ms. Picoult. I bought her one of her books- which she enjoyed reasonably well.
MR_Jinx 18 days ago
Personally, I recommend anything that Jodi Picoult writes. I’ve read almost everything that she’s published. I still have four books left to read, but I just bought them and I’m reading them now. Next, I plan to start reading the books that she’s co-authored with her daughter Samantha van Leer. In “Where There's Smoke: A Short Story”, Jodi gives you a look into the world of Serenity, one of the primary characters in her novel “Leaving Time”. Serenity is a spiritualist who has experienced both great success and devastating failure by sharing her special gift with the world. Read this short story and experience what it’s like for Serenity to live on the cusp of two worlds. When you’re done, I’m certain you’ll want to read “Leaving Time” to hear more about Serenity and see what other interesting characters Ms. Picoult brings to life in her novel.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Sorry Iwasted my time
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95% of this short story was terrific. The central character is interesting and relatable Piccoult does a masterful job exploring and presentring the spirit world. However The ending was pathetic and rushed, answering no questions. That last 5% is a real bummer. ?...wjj
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Awsome
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brf1948 More than 1 year ago
This novella was a hoot.  I thoroughly enjoyed a short trip to the world of a national psychic, and I'm sure you will, as well.