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Live with Brookline Booksmith! Jodi Picoult with Elin Hilderbrand

Live with Brookline Booksmith! Jodi Picoult with Elin Hilderbrand

Monday, December 06, 2021 - 6:00PM ET
Event Location: 
Event address: 
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

Live and in person with Brookline Booksmith, at Coolidge Corner Theatre: celebrate the release of Wish You Were Here with author Jodi Picoult in conversation with Elin Hilderbrand!


Register for the event!

This event is ticketed. Tickets include a general admission seat at the event AND a signed copy of Wish You Were Here.

Ticketholders will receive email updates with important details about the program, including safety requirements, cancellations, and book signing updates.


Signed books!

Books may be available for purchase at the event, but you can ensure that you get a signed copy by preordering on the registration page. You will receive your signed book as you exit the event.

This event will not include a signing line or meet & greet.

Can't make it to the event? Preorder the book on the registration page to have it signed, and choose to have it held or shipped from the store!


Wish You Were Here

“A powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit.” -- Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos—days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.

In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 novels including Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, The Book of Two Ways, My Sister’s Keeper, and The Storyteller. Picoult’s two Young Adult novels Between the Lines and Off the Page, co-written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer, have been adapted and developed by the authors into a musical entitled Between The Lines. She is also the co-librettist of the musical Breathe, which premiered in summer 2021. Picoult’s next adult novel, Wish You Were Here, will be published on November 30th 2021.

Moderator Elin Hilderbrand is the proud mother of three, a dedicated Peloton rider, an aspiring book influencer, and an enthusiastic at-home cook (follow her on Instagram @elinhilderbrand to watch her Cringe Cooking Show). She is also a grateful eight-year breast cancer survivor. Hotel Nantucket is her 28th novel.