Yesterday, we announced Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf as #1 on your list of top 20 books of 2012 (so far!). So, it's pretty much a given that a lot of our readers love Picoult and are eager to hear about her next novel.

Last week, Picoult shared her "rules for life" on Not only does the author offer practical advice ("When you see a bathroom, stop. Because you never know when there is going to be another one.")—she also drops a big hint about her next project. Here's the scoop:

For me, there really is a big difference between forgiveness and acceptance. If you forgive someone, you aren't necessarily saying that what the person did was right. What you're saying is, "I'm not giving you the power to make me a victim. I'm not going to let you invade my mind and make me hate you."

Forgiveness is not for the other person. It's for yourself. That's the way I see it. Whereas acceptance is really more of a caving in, as far as I'm concerned. It's saying, "What you did, I'm okay with."

My book in 2013 is going to be all about this. The novel is about this young woman at a grief group who befriends an old man in her small town who is everyone's favorite grandpa. He's the Little League coach and a teacher, and he's been a fixture in the community for years, but he confides in her that he used to be a Nazi, and he'd like her to forgive him and then help him die.

Family and community drama, relationships, secrets, a twist, difficult questions that make you stop and think . . . sounds like classic Picoult! Will you look out for this one in 2013?

For more on Picoult's current novel, Lone Wolf, read a review on or read an essay she wrote for us about her research; she visited a man who spent a year living with wolves in the Rockies.

comments powered by Disqus