Did President Obama get his hands on an early copy of Sing You Home?

Or does best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult, as usual, have an uncanny sense of good timing?

Her new novel, a cri de coeur for gay rights and gay marriage, arrives in stores a week after the administration declared that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional.

That of course has fired up the culture wars, which brings us back to the provocative Picoult, who’s never met a hot-button issue she wasn’t dying to push.

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