Jodi Picoult’s novel, Nineteen Minutes (2007), deals with an unthinkable act of violence: a school shooting. The novel is set in Sterling, New Hampshire, a small town where everybody is connected; where everybody knows everything about everybody else. This traumatic event forces everyone to evaluate their role in the shooting. Picoult beautifully blurs the lines between black and white, right and wrong, and good and evil. Nineteen Minutes begins on the morning of the shooting but throughout the remainder of the novel, time flashes back and forth, tracking the lives of several teenagers before and after the deadly shooting.
By: Jodi Picoult