• Wish You Were Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (9,031 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six)

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film • Named one of the best books of the year by She Reads

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos - days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.

In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself - and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.

©2021 Random House (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Jodi Picoult once again proves she is the master of wading through the darkness to find the light.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising)

Wish You Were Here is a transporting and transcendent novel about seeking out glimmers of light in the darkness, and following them wherever they lead. Jodi Picoult is that rare, one-in-a-million writer whose books both squeeze your heart and expand your mind. Her latest is wise, surprising, and utterly extraordinary.”⁠ (Emily Henry, number one New York Times best-selling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read)

“In Wish You Were Here, Jodi Picoult does something brilliant, cracking open something extraordinary. I am just overwhelmed by this book. I actually finished it at three in the morning and started reading it again.” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of With or Without You)

Editor's Pick

Isolation and transformation on the Galapagos
The first question I asked myself before choosing Wish You Were Here as my pick this month was, ''Is it too soon? Can I handle a COVID-19, lockdown-themed listen while (still) working from home?'' But the whole idea of spending quarantine on the Galapagos Islands, especially in the hands of a writer like Jodi Picoult, fascinated me. And with Marin Ireland narrating! I was sold. So many people out there have spent the last many, many months reevaluating life choices on all levels, and some find themselves (like the characters in this story) reemerging changed, dare I say evolved. It’s not too soon to contemplate these things. To hear how Picoult’s characters fare in these bizarre times is simultaneously gut-wrenching and comforting—and totally entertaining. —Tricia F., Audible Editor

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Amazing Jodi + excellent narration = 5+++

I have waited for this book for so long, especially after reading a descriptive summary about it months ago. Although i have not quite finished it i had to write a review to share with others how wonderful a book it is. I don't know if everyone will like it as much as I have. I really hope you all do!

I have not had covid but had an limb amputation after developing a severe antibiotic-resistant infection. I was in a medically induced coma for 3 weeks, in the ICU for 2, and had rehab for another 2 weeks. My dreams were not light but very dark. That Jodi chose to write about this subject and Covid 19 has been very helpful. She is my all time favorite author and that's saying a lot since I am 66 and a voracious reader.

I can not recommend this book highly enough. I am going to go back and read it again, and probably again later. Jodi's books always take one thing and focus in and then out, looking at a subject from this perspective and than that. I have learned so much from reading her books, and this book is the same and more. Other authors I read just don't accomplish this, not even close.

Read this book! It is just so darn good! I hope that you enjoy it just ss much. ☺

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Outstanding!

This book! It wasn’t what I expected at all but I’m so thankful for it.
The story was so well presented and didn’t take the predictable route. The main character’s experience is something I’ve witnessed first hand and Jodi’s research was spot on. I’d love to write more but I can’t without spoilers. Anyway, such a great book! Thank you!

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Don’t waste a credit on this!

I bought this book & hated it so quickly I didn’t even make it through the first few chapters. It’s just so basic & cheesy. She also clearly has never been around a doctor, or didn’t do enough research. It’s just so cliche. I hate that I wasted a credit on it.

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I'm a huge fan of her work, however, I read to escape reality and this wasn't the chance. great book, great writing as usual.... but just disappointing

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Love me some Jodi!

I preordered this book in audible, didn’t hesitate to start it, and listened to it all day at work. Very good! Way different than I expected so I take back my rolled eyes lol. Love Jodi so much and after last year’s book that I shockingly didn’t like at all I’m so thankful for this book. WARNING there are AVENGERS/MCU spoilers inside!!!!!

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Save your money

I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan and this book is bad. It’s so boring there is literally no plot. Seriously disappointed.

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loved loved loved this book Jodi never disappoints

was probably the best novel I have listened to in years I loved every minute of it

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Disappointing

I am a Cancer patient with 7 & 15 yr old children. Due to the pandemic, I was forced to spend 5 months in a hospital without them. I did not appreciate her opinions nor trying to escape in a book that was just as depressing as she claims we shouldn’t be. It was a cliche of the pandemic and darn it, I wish I had known so I wouldn’t have wasted my precious time listening to what she imagines it has been like.

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One of the best books Jodi has written!

There are so many pieces of this book that has really hit home for me!

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Very interesting and enjoyable

I really enjoyed this audio book with an exceptional story and great narrator. It brought home what so many people have been feeling in the last couple of years, but with a little mystery thrown In.

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