Friday, 27 January 2012

Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult (1999)

Despite having several other books to read, I still wanted to read it again. I love Jodi Picoult and Keeping Faith is one of my all-time favourite books. This author always picks great topics to write about and this was no different. A little girl who has a female God as an imaginary friend. Sounds unrealistic, but reading the book   informs you of all the  how-to-be-saint processes and the idea of God from the viewpoint of different religions.

I definetely recommend this. It's interesting, has a good twist, a solid plot and even a love story thrown in. Don't write Picoult off as the kind of book 50-year-old women read in the waiting room. Get addicted.

Mariah and her daughter Faith return home one day to find their husband/father in bed with another woman. This  devastates Mariah and Faith finds an imaginary friend - Guard. When Faith develops stigmata, her psychologist infers that 'Guard' may actually be 'God'. Faith's grandmother has a heart attack and minutes after she dies, Faith shakes her and she wakes up. This lends Faith a huge cult following, especially since her God is a woman. People and camera crews sit outside their house. Faith takes a turn for the worse and lands in hospital, but the patients nearby all suddenly recuperate. Faith's father sues for the custody he previously relinquished. His lawyer claims Mariah is hurting Faith to get attention. The court case ends in Mariah's favour. The novel ends with Faith talking to God, but only because she knows her mother is listening.

1 comment:

  1. Jodi Picoult takes religion in her novel "Keeping Faith." Mariah White and her seven year-old daughter Faith return home unexpectedly one afternoon and find Colin White, Mariah's husband and Faith's father, with another woman. Colin announces he is leaving Mariah for the other woman, and shortly thereafter, they divorce. Faith is particularly impacted by the divorce and she begins to speak to an imaginary friend that she calls her "Guard." Mariah doesn't think too much of it at first, but becomes worried and takes Faith to a psychologist. Over time, they come to realize that Faith's "Guard" is God. And God appears to Faith in a female form. The media swoops in on the story as soon as Faith performs her first miracle. She raises the dead. Then, she cures a baby who had AIDS. But Faith's visionary status takes a turn for the dramatic when the little girl begins to experience stigmata. Colin, thinking Mariah is somehow inflicting the stigmatic wounds upon Faith and that Faith is in danger, sues Mariah for custody of Faith.