House Rules: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Atria Books | March 2, 2010 | Hardcover |

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They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the busted microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject-in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's-not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches-can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules 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 fails those who don't.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: March 2, 2010

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743296435

ISBN - 13: 9780743296434

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House Rules: A Novel

House Rules: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: March 2, 2010

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743296435

ISBN - 13: 9780743296434

About the Book

JODI PICOULT is the author of seventeen novels, including "Handle With Care, Change of Heart," "Nineteen Minutes," and" My Sister's Keeper, "now a major motion picture. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.jodipicoult.com.

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Emma Everywhere I look, there are signs of a struggle. The mail has been scattered all over the kitchen floor; the stools are overturned. The phone has been knocked off its pedestal, its battery pack hanging loose from an umbilicus of wires. There’s one single faint footprint at the threshold of the living room, pointing toward the dead body of my son, Jacob. He is sprawled like a starfish in front of the fireplace. Blood covers his temple and his hands. For a moment, I can’t move, can’t breathe. Suddenly, he sits up. “Mom,” Jacob says, “you’re not even trying. ” This is not real, I remind myself, and I watch him lie back down in the exact same position—on his back, his legs twisted to the left. “Um, there was a fight,” I say. Jacob’s mouth barely moves. “And . . . ?” “You were hit in the head.” I get down on my knees, like he’s told me to do a hundred times, and notice the crystal clock that usually sits on the mantel now peeking out from beneath the couch. I gingerly pick it up and see blood on the corner. With my pinkie, I touch the liquid and then taste it. “Oh, Jacob, don’t tell me you used up all my corn syrup again—” “Mom! Focus!” I sink down on the couch, cradling the clock in my hands. “Robbers came in, and you fought them off.” Jacob sits up and sighs. The food dye and corn syrup mixture has matted his dark hair; his e
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They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the busted microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject-in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's-not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches-can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules 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 fails those who don't.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an B.A. in creative writing from Princeton, and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is a bestselling author of fifteen novels. Her latest one, number 16, entitled Handle With Care, is sure to become a best seller as well. Most recently she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. The first book to be made into a movie, My Sister's Keeper, will premiere in 2009 in theatres starring Cameron Diaz. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Editorial Reviews

"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes."

-The Financial Times

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