07/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jodi Picoult Just Wants Respect: 'Maybe It's Because I'm A Girl'

Reviews of her books on Amazon -- she rarely gets attention on literary pages -- reveal a loyal following. Readers enjoy the way she reflects multiple points of view, underlining how little we really understand one another. Book clubs love her novels because there's always something to discuss. But there's a common criticism. Her stories can seem formulaic: moral dilemma, several viewpoints, death, court case, twist.

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