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March 9, 2006
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Jodi Picoult Signs

Two-Book Deal with Atria

NEW YORK, NY/3/3/26—Jodi Picoult, the international and New York Times best-selling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Vanishing Acts, has signed a new deal with Atria Books for another two novels, it was announced today by Judith Curr, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Atria Books and Washington Square Press. Emily Bestler, Vice-President and Executive Editorial Director of Atria, acquired world rights to Picoult’s books from Laura Gross at Laura Gross Literary Agency.

Hailed for having “a remarkable ability to make us share her characters’ feelings,” ( People), with a gift for “writing fictional page-turners that address controversial issues,” ( Washington Post) there have been more than 3 million copies of Picoult’s books sold in the U.S. She is also widely read abroad, where her books are available in 25 countries and have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.

“Jodi is one of the premier storytellers of our time,” Bestler said, “It’s a true honor to continue to publish these emotionally resonant and thoughtful novels that touch readers around the globe.”

The new deal coincides with the publication of Picoult’s latest novel, The Tenth Circle, which goes on sale March 7. THE TENTH CIRCLE centers around the Stone family—Daniel, a comic book artist, who grew up as the only white boy in a native Eskimo village and was determined to get out of Alaska and reinvent himself; his wife, Laura, who teaches Dante’s Inferno at the local college in Bethel, Maine; and their 14-year-old daughter Trixie. Daniel is a stay-at-home Dad who devotes himself to raising Trixie and to his art. When Trixie is date raped by a boy with whom she had been in love, the Stones’ world comes crashing down and Daniel finds himself going through unimaginable hell—and back to the Alaska he swore he’d never return to—in order to save his daughter.

Born and raised on Long Island, Jodi Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. After graduation, Picoult held a number of different jobs – on Wall Street, at an ad agency, at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher – before entering Harvard to pursue a master’s in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale. She has been writing steadily ever since and has a growing and devoted readership throughout the country.

She and Tim now have three children ages 14, 12, and 10. They live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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