BN.com Gift Guide

Where There's Smoke: A Short Story [NOOK Book]

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 ...
See more details below
Where There's Smoke: A Short Story

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
FREE

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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804180795
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/19/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,103
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jodi Picoult
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.
Read More Show Less
    1. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 19, 1966
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nesconset, Long Island, NY
    1. Education:
      A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 117 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(29)

4 Star

(33)

3 Star

(27)

2 Star

(13)

1 Star

(15)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 117 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Come on

    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.

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Very short, about 18 pages.

    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

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    A great free friday bonus!

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 20, 2014

    Where There¿s Smoke is a short story by popular American author,

    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.  

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Great little story

    The only bad thing about this story is that it is too short.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Jodi Picoult takes us on a ride in this book with a psychic.  Se

    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. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 20, 2014

    What a great short read!  Jodi never disappoints and now I can't

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    I thought the free Friday was supposed to be a full-length book.

    I thought the free Friday was supposed to be a full-length book. This is only a short story.

    3 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Rftkfan

    Nice short story she is better then this like House Rules

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Reasonably good writing.

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Too short

    Wish it were longer! This short story was great! My only complaint isthat it was too short!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Interesting

    Nicely written and a good short read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Really???

    Had the potential... but failed! Ending left you floating in the spirit world wondering what the heck!!! Normally I love Jodi's books but this one was a dud!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Literally A Short Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Eh

    Like most people said, it was WAY too short and character development was close to NIL. I ended the story (because it shouldn't count as a "book") not caring about what happened to the main character and only being concerned about the "bad guy" if you can call it that. There was no wrapping up of loose ends, too many questions left over and it was annoyingly ambiguous.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Don't waste your time or your $0.99!

    I hated the first few pages. It felt like it was written by a child. I stopped after 3 pages. I gave it another chance and it picked up a bit. As soon as you get intereated in the story and charactersit ends without resolution! Not only is it a short story, it is an incomplete story - no resolution at all!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 12, 2014

    Well written. Interested to read more of this character

    Well written. Interested to read more of this character

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2014

    Different

    Different

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    A very thoughtful read

    I read this in one day. I couldn't put it down. I rooted for the heroine even after it ended.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Ok

    Liked the story - but way too short! Author is very creative & enjoyed her writing style....but at the end, I felt incomplete. Wanted to continue reading - but it was over. :-(

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 117 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)