I bought a radio this weekend.
Pretty irrelevant information for most of you, but I digress; what’s important about my new purchase is that I can now listen to the news in the morning.
The first news story I heard this morning was about Ottawa‘s move to become the second Canadian municipality to create an autism registry.
Naturally then, my first thought was Jodi Picoult.
House Rules, Jodi’s newest bestselling novel is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome. Due to an interest in crime scene analysis and a misinterpretation of some of the hallmark behaviors of Aspergers — not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, and a flat affect — Jacob becomes the primary subject in a murder case.
Jodi Picoult often writes about important and controversial issues that are in need of a voice, and in House Rules she looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way — and falters for those who don’t.
So, for those of you who don’t tune into the news every morning, I suggest Jodi Picoult. It seems there’s a lot more to fiction than just a good story.
You can read more about House Rules on our website!