Julie Ellam

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Julie Ellam received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Hull University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the "Times Literary Supplement." She also writes a blog about television - "tellyjelly." Julie currently resides in Hull, England.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

The relationship between Peter and his parents is given more space, but this could also have been examined more closely. Picoult appears to hold back from following up on the intriguing world she creates. Relating the role of parents in raising a child who ends up being a murderer is welcome, particularly when we are told Peter’s father lectures on the economics of happiness. Irony is heaped on irony with the descriptions of Peter’s mother, Lacy, as she is a midwife (and deemed knowledgeable on parenting) and is also seen to be as kind as she is inept in her understanding of her son.