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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (80,453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Suzanne Toren, Christina Moore Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County—known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn’s mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby.

One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court “victory” has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn’t look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt’s home in Paradise.

Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own.

Immersing herself in Katie Fisher’s life—and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty—Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live “plain.” As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie’s past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love—and her own deepest fears and desires.

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith—and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters.”

    Publisher’s Weekly

  • “Readers will experience a psychological drama as well as a suspenseful courtroom trial. The contrast between the Amish culture and the “English” provides an interesting tension. This study of opposites details much information about a way of life based on faith, humility, duty, and honesty”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol Mcclain | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful book. Well researched, well thought out. Pretty typical Picoult--I don't believe you can go wrong reading her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane Kitts | 2/13/2014

    " A great book - I learned a lot about the Amish and the legal system. Jodi always adds the unexpected also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/12/2014

    " Wow, this author really does her research! Interesting book. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me is because although it's good, I found it to drag on at times. I'd still recommend it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer Hennessy | 2/4/2014

    " Not my favourite of Jodi's. Although I learned a bit about the Amish, most of what I learned was very basic. I was disapointed that there wasn't more substance in the end. Another reviewer wrote that there was a ghost element thrown in and I think it was disapointing that this wasnt used at all in any creative way to explain the main character Katie's possible motive for murder. Now that would have been more interesting.. a bit more along the lines of "Second Glance", which I really enjoyed. I think it would have made the story a bit more interesting. I think the end to me was too simplistic... and thus I am not giving this book the best rating. "

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