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Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
In Change of Heart, June Nealon's 11-year-old daughter, Claire, is in dire need of a heart transplant. There appears to be little chance of finding a donor, when one is about to become available. Death row inmate Shay Bourne is about to be executed for the murder of June's husband and older daughter over ten years earlier. June is aghast at the offer, but it may be the only chance to save her daughter's life. Rumors begin to circulate about miracles Shay has allegedly performed in prison. Capital punishment opponents were already protesting the scheduled execution before the rumors, and their ranks swell when some begin to wonder if God has favored Shay in some way. Or perhaps he's just angling for some way to avoid his own death. Jodi Picoult's novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookReporter.com saying, "Change of Heart is hands down Jodi Picoult's most thought-provoking novel to date. You may not believe in the death penalty, or you may scoff at religion, but you cannot deny the astonishing power this story holds. It will force you to look at the issues from all sides. Tough and gritty, yet poignant, I defy anyone to get through this book without crying --- at least half a dozen times. That's how emotionally compelling it is."