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REVIEW | Picoult’s new book asks what happens when certainty disappears and the future is threatening

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A beach in Galapagos, Ecuador. (Photo: Getty Images)
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BOOK: Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. (Hodder)

The month of January is year-planning and scheduling season. Generations have advised those that follow that the first step to living a decent life is to make plans. In job interviews, employers ask potential employees where they see themselves in two to five years’ time. Romantic first dates often quiz each other about their five-year life plan. Contemporary life is about scheduling every activity and feeling a sense of control over one’s life, with the main focus being on the future.

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