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Some stories live forever . . .

Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day's breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother's death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage's grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can't, and they become companions.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret — one that nobody else in town would ever suspect — and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she's ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations shes made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future.

Review:

"This is a powerful and riveting, sometimes gut-wrenching, read, in which the always compelling Picoult brings a fresh perspective to an oft-explored topic." Booklist

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"Picoult is no stranger to tackling difficult issues. Her latest page-turner confronts the oft-explored subject of the Holocaust with skill, starkness, and tremendous sensitivity. The characters' stories are compelling, but the stellar storyteller here is Picoult, who braids the quartet of intersecting tales into a powerful allegory of loss, forgiveness, and the ultimate humanity of us all. Her myriad fans are in for satisfying doses of everything they've come to expect from her: compulsive readability, impeccable research, and a gut-wrenching Aha! of an ending." Library Journal

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"[A] fictional testament as horrifying as it is suspenseful." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses… but then he tells her he deserves to die.

Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he’s right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And most of all — if Sage even considers his request — is it murder, or justice?

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of nineteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

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writermala, August 31, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
We all have stories in our life. Jodi Picoult is just one such person; but her "The Storyteller," shows us how gifted she is in this department. Sage Singer is a baker and essentially the story is about her life. Two people close to her, her grandmother Minka, and her friend Josef Weber, have unique experiences which they share with Sage. What is Sage going to do with this information? The two stories start in parallel and then come on a collision course. While telling us this gripping tale, Picoult comes up with unique expressions for example, "Sometimes all it takes to become human again is someone who can see you that way, no matter how you present on the surface." Minka closes her story with the wisdom of living through a horrible experience by saying, "If you lived through it, you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it. And if you didn't you will never understand." Jodi Picoult has done a wonderful job of helping us to understand as best we can.
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Kaye, July 5, 2013 (view all comments by Kaye)
Sage Singer is a baker, and damaged. She works all night and avoids people, partially due to the scar on her face, but also due to other events in her life. At grief counseling she meets an old man Josef Weber and becomes friendly with him. When Josef makes a shocking confession and asks Sage to help him die, her whole world is tipped upside down and she questions the beliefs she has adopted.

This book is about the holocaust and it takes the reader into the horrific conditions of the Jewish people under the Hitler Regime. It was hard to read, I often was crying. The absolute horror of 6 million Jews, Gypsies, and other dissidents being executed by the Third Reich is difficult to understand, but the absolute horror of living in the work camps is almost beyond comprehension. This book is fiction, but Ms. Picoult has done her research, and has written a book, that while it's difficult to read, also tells a story that needs to be told.
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Amber Black, June 23, 2013 (view all comments by Amber Black)
While I thought this was better than a couple of other Jodi Picoult books I've recently read, I'm still having some issues with it. The story is interesting and she definitely moves the plot along at a decent clip (rather than dragging, like some of her books). Minka is a thoroughly likable character with emotional depth and thought-provoking ideas. She uses all her typical Picoult-isms: sections in different character's voices, a legal struggle, the twist ending, unreliable narration, controversial themes, weird romance...you get the picture. I like that when I start a Picoult book I know what I'm going to get: a quick, easy read that provokes some thought.

My only real problem with this book is that, like some other Picoult books, everything seems too perfect and suspiciously convenient. Some of the coincidences really pulled me out of the story, being extremely far-fetched. I hope those who read this book don't believe that people who didn't go through this many horrific experiences during the Holocaust aren't as worthy of admiration.

This straightforward and fast-moving narrative is definitely worth the quick read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439102763
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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Product details 480 pages Atria Books - English 9781439102763 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a powerful and riveting, sometimes gut-wrenching, read, in which the always compelling Picoult brings a fresh perspective to an oft-explored topic."
"Review" by , "Picoult is no stranger to tackling difficult issues. Her latest page-turner confronts the oft-explored subject of the Holocaust with skill, starkness, and tremendous sensitivity. The characters' stories are compelling, but the stellar storyteller here is Picoult, who braids the quartet of intersecting tales into a powerful allegory of loss, forgiveness, and the ultimate humanity of us all. Her myriad fans are in for satisfying doses of everything they've come to expect from her: compulsive readability, impeccable research, and a gut-wrenching Aha! of an ending."
"Review" by , "[A] fictional testament as horrifying as it is suspenseful."
"Synopsis" by , An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses… but then he tells her he deserves to die.

Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he’s right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And most of all — if Sage even considers his request — is it murder, or justice?

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