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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 she’s 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.

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The Storyteller
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4.4 / 5
Historical Fiction readers will love
September 7th, 2015
This was such a wonderful read! It had a beautiful mix of historical and moderen day. At some points it can get a little bit hard to read due to content but very good read overall.
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Historical Fiction readers will love
September 7th, 2015
This was such a wonderful read! It had a beautiful mix of historical and moderen day. At some points it can get a little bit hard to read due to content but very good read overall.
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Historical Fiction readers will love
September 7th, 2015
This was such a wonderful read! It had a beautiful mix of historical and moderen day. At some points it can get a little bit hard to read due to content but very good read overall.
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Wow - I loved this book!!!
August 17th, 2015
The storyteller is an absolute amazing book. I was enthralled with it from beginning to end and it is a book I am keeping. Reading this book twice is something I intend to do. This is such a well written and interesting book I honestly could not put it down. Beautifully done. Love this author.
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Best Read Ever
July 2nd, 2015
What a well written story? It grabbed me from the beginning. I have always been fascinated by this period in history. Jodi Puccoult totally surprised me with the ending.
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1 review
Awesome
May 11th, 2015
Couldn't put it down , beautifully written. Recommended to some of my friends who are also both reading and loving it. Jodi nailed it again!
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The storyteller
May 4th, 2015
The ending was not what I had hoped it would be but the book was worth reading and should be made into a movie.
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1 review
Absolutely fantastic
April 10th, 2015
Thought inducing. Historically intelligent. Well written. A tough subject to write about from more than one persoective, and they were all accomplished with care, respect and integrity.
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1 review
Great book
January 6th, 2015
A historical fiction. Bound to engage you, especially if you are a history buff. One of Jodi Picoults best reads.
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1 review
Awesome read
September 23rd, 2014
Her stories never disappoint. I think this one has gotten to me the most though.
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The story teller
July 9th, 2014
Amazing insight into the lives of those who experienced the horrors of the holocaust
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The storyteller
June 20th, 2014
Not the topic I expected to read about from Jodi. But had her usual twists about it
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1 review
Well written
June 16th, 2014
So many little details that make the whole story more intriguing and emotional. This was a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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The storyteller
May 24th, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised as the book took a turn I did not expect!
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1 review
Excellent
May 12th, 2014
An excellent book that I find hard to put down.
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1 review
Well written.
May 6th, 2014
Keeps you wanting to read more and more. Makes you question what you believe is right and wrong, who we can forgive, and what you may be capable of.
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April 22nd, 2014
Great book!! Would definitely recommend it!
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1 review
Good book
April 1st, 2014
Nice read and not as manipulative as some of her other books
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1 review
March 29th, 2014
Well written with descriptions so vivid that my feelings of disbelief and horror would creep up on my during the day. Literally held my breath while reading...
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Amazing
March 29th, 2014
What an amazing book! Nothing much else I can say besides it is a must read! Pulls on all the right heart strings needed in a good read. Jodi Picoult knows how write a book you cannot, and should now put down!
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The storyteller.
March 21st, 2014
Jodi picoult is a true storyteller. Spell binding! Five stars. Highly recommended.
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Loved it!
March 14th, 2014
Huge fan of Jodi Picoult! This book was very interesting and entertaining
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1 review
Awesome!!
February 6th, 2014
One of her best!!!!!!
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The storyteller
February 5th, 2014
Good book. I took a break from Jodi Picoult for awhile... love her books, but they all feel the exact same, so needed a break. This was a good one to come back to. Loved the story, and in the way of Jodi Picoult, loved the ending. Not the expected ending, but left every end tied with room for a lot of reflection. Thanks Jodi. Well done as always!
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1 person found this helpful
January 30th, 2014
Brilliant! I've been a fan of Jodi Picoult's books for many years and I'll admit that some of them have not always been hits. But The Storyteller was not only a hit, it was an out of the park homerun! Excellent storyline, brilliant characters. I've leant this book time and again to family and friend. Now I'm hoping someone will return it so that I can read it again.
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1 review
January 30th, 2014
The Storyteller takes the reader on an amazing journey through the Holocaust. It is a gripping tale telling both sides of this terrible event in our history. A real page turner!
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The Storyteller
January 28th, 2014
I have read many J.P. books and am rarely disappointed. This book was one of the best yet. It brought to readers a realization of the Holocaust and was a terrific read. I could barely put it down! Picoult has managed to educate in a number of ways and to entertain. I would highly recommend this book.
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The Storyteller
January 28th, 2014
I have read many J.P. books and am rarely disappointed. This book was one of the best yet. It brought to readers a realization of the Holocaust and was a terrific read. I could barely put it down! Picoult has managed to educate in a number of ways and to entertain. I would highly recommend this book.
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3 reviews
The Storyteller
January 28th, 2014
I have read many J.P. books and am rarely disappointed. This book was one of the best yet. It brought to readers a realization of the Holocaust and was a terrific read. I could barely put it down! Picoult has managed to educate in a number of ways and to entertain. I would highly recommend this book.
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3 reviews
January 27th, 2014
lovely story about love and loss and inner triumph over unforeseen hardships. highly recommended.
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2 reviews
January 26th, 2014
I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and this is my favourite of hers. I love the time period and she portrays that era very well.A great book from start to finish.
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1 review
January 26th, 2014
I thought this book was intriguing and thought provoking. Very well written. I did not want it to end.
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1 review
January 26th, 2014
An amazing and captivating story. I couldnt put this book down. It was just so engaging from the start, I hope it gets turned into a movie!
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1 review
January 26th, 2014
Beautifully written, the words fill your head with the perfect settings. Picoult's writing makes you feel as though you are actually there.
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1 person found this helpful
Jodi Picoult's best story!
January 25th, 2014
I've read hundreds of books. It's the best way for me to calm my mind especially at the end of a long day. Mostly I will remember bits and pieces of the stories and may even enjoy reading them again down the road. The Storyteller will remain etched in my brain and on my heart forever; the book was that amazing! Thank you Jodi, for putting the very best of you into this story. I think it's your finest piece of work!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
As always a fantastic book from Jodi Picoult. The only reason It didn't get the full 5 stars is because there is a part in the middle that does drag slightly but that is the only down side the rest is amazing as usual!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
A great read! Couldn't put it down.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
A very raw heart wrenching account of a terrible time. Very well written Jodi picoult does it yet again.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This story hits you in the solar plexus. It just reminds you again that for evil to prevail, it is only necessary for good people to do nothing. But it also teaches you that the human mind can make the body survive long past the unbearable. The story has the most unexpected twist at the end. I would recommend this to everyone, not only lovers of Jodi Picoult books
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Couldn't put this book down. Well worth the read Krys
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1 person found this helpful
January 24th, 2014
I have read many of Jodi Picoult's novels - this was my favourite. The descriptions were so vivid - at times leaving me uncomfortable - which is how one should feel when acknowledging the very real pain endured by millions of Jewish people during the war. Highly recommend this read.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book is definitely a page turner... I loved the way it integrated two different stories at the same time. It was a bit of an emotional read but didn't dwell on the sadness but always seemed to have hope. It was an excellent book and one I'm sure to read again.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Another compelling tale from Jodi Picoult
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
This was a excellently written book. I really liked how the story of The Holocaust and the people that survived and lived there during WWII was written as a story within a story, and portrayed the atrocities of the concentration camps.
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January 23rd, 2014
Really enjoyed this book as it had several storylines within the story...the part about WW1 was very harrowing and it was difficult to leave this storyline to read the other developing themes. The ending was a great twist and i enjoyed it right to the last page.
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1 person found this helpful
January 22nd, 2014
I can thoroughly recommend this book. Jodi Picoult is able to take you back in time to the Nazi era and paint a picture so vivid you feel like you were there witnessing the horrors yourself. She has a knack for making you see the human aspect of all characters, which is an amazing feat when some of those characters are Nazi war criminals who committed atrocious inhuman deeds.
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1 review
A good read
January 22nd, 2014
An especially good read after having read and discussed "The Sunflower".
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1 review
Fantastic book!
January 15th, 2014
This was won of the best books I have read. The ending totally shocked me.
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Mrs.
January 13th, 2014
Words are hard for me to conjure up after reading the words of a brilliant author! Once again, Jodi Picoult intertwines fact and fiction in such a way that you are totally enthralled/entertained while provoked into deep thought on social issues that become personal reflection as well. Amazing!
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Mrs.
January 13th, 2014
Words are hard for me to conjure up after reading the words of a brilliant author! Once again, Jodi Picoult intertwines fact and fiction in such a way that you are totally enthralled/entertained while provoked into deep thought on social issues that become personal reflection as well. Amazing!
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The Storyteller
January 9th, 2014
Amazing book... thanks again Jodi!
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
January 9th, 2014
a little gut renching at times, but a good read.
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1 review
January 6th, 2014
Jodi Picoult is my favorite author. I get so excited when a new book is available by her. The book didn't start the way most of her books start with a bang. This one took awhile to get into. Once I was in a number of chapters I was hooked. It's very descriptive and makes you want to know more. Maybe she can make a second book to let is know what happens.
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The Storyteller
December 29th, 2013
Slow to start...but stick with it...you'll be glad you did! Thoroughly enjoyed this read!!
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The Storyteller
December 29th, 2013
Slow to start...but stick with it...you'll be glad you did! Thoroughly enjoyed this read!!
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December 22nd, 2013
Beautiful story that tears at your heart!
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December 14th, 2013
An unforgettable novel that will haunt you for a long time. Well well worth the read, as usual for Jodi!
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The storyteller
December 13th, 2013
A very moving novel.
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The storyteller
November 13th, 2013
Could not put it down I just could not believe that in the end it eas Franz. Il8ve Jodi Picoult's stories. Very thought provoking.
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1 review
A page turner
November 12th, 2013
Well researched, a story within a story, and plot twists. Everything to recommend it. Pure coincidence I'm reading it on Remembrance Day.
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Gripping
October 15th, 2013
The stories in the story make this a real page turner. The subject matter is intense and sad and shocking. well done Jodi!
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Amazing
October 13th, 2013
I haven't read a book that moved me as much as this one. A must read for everyone-a thrilling ride from beginning til the very end.
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1 review
October 12th, 2013
In short: I learned more about WWII in this novel, let alone in my tenth grade history class. Sage Singer is a baker and has no one to go to. She visits a grief / therapy group and stumbled upon a new friend named Josef Webber. As they get acquainted, he asks Sage to kill her because he was a Nazi SS guard. On top of that, Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. The first part of the novel is like an introduction. The second part is Sage's grandmother's experience in the holocaust. So detailed, carefully and thoroughly researched, it is very emotional (please beware of that). The third part is the ending and you will have to read on to find out what happens. Apart from Jodi's other novels, this was the first of hers I have read that has NO court case, unlike her usual storylines that involve such an event. If this is your first Jodi novel, it is phenomenal! Below are my first three Jodi novels I read and loved them all, The Pact is my personal number one favourite. As a storyteller (writer) myself, this novel was also very inspiring for those who want to be just like Jodi too! I recommend this to anyone who also loves historical fiction, something I'm not to fond of but this was a great exception. ~Happy reading! :)
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
Very insightful look into a young woman's struggle to find her place in this world
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1 person found this helpful
October 4th, 2013
Great read... Couldn't put it down until I was finished
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2 of 3 people found this helpful
September 16th, 2013
This was a good book. I really liked the story of Germany and how the people that lived there were brought into the Nazi fold. It was a kind of brainwashing, almost cultish. The story within a story was also very good and mirrored the atrocities of the concentration camps.
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1 review
September 15th, 2013
Hard to get into at first but in the end enjoyed it, learned a lot about history
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September 15th, 2013
Excellent! Interesting information about WWII and living through concentration camps from both sides of the experience.
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September 15th, 2013
excellent read
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1 review
September 14th, 2013
Page turner. Makes one wonder how we would have handled the same situation.Enjoyed the book!
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1 review
September 14th, 2013
I love this writer
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1 person found this helpful
Great book!
September 11th, 2013
I could not sit and read this book without taking time to stop and "rest" as it were while reading the account of the holocaust. Its emotional and heavy and, well, amazing, I thought. I've loved all her books but I think this is my favorite.
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
I enjoy all her books and did enjoy this one
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1 review
September 3rd, 2013
Jodi Picoult has again managed to bring me to a state that makes me reflect on real situations. The holocaust was real and "The Storyteller" helps you realize how horrendous this period was. Story has everything I love in a book; friendship, love and suspense in a realistic world. Even though it is fiction, it could be real... Enjoy!
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The stroryteller
September 2nd, 2013
A good read...as always
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1 review
August 31st, 2013
Great book. She brings the characters to life.
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1 review
Worth the time. Won't be disointed.
August 30th, 2013
Very good read. Makes you thannkful for pur freedom.
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2 reviews
Couldn't put this book down!
August 19th, 2013
An amazing read!
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1 review
Excellent historical fiction
July 30th, 2013
I was moved by this story and its range of emotion. Excellent read!
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Excellent historical fiction
July 30th, 2013
I was moved by this story and its range of emotion. Excellent read!
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WOW! One of Picoult's best!
July 23rd, 2013
This story was fantastic. It was a slightly different style than I am used to reading from Picoult, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the type of book that makes you think of the past and brings emotion to a time that you didn't experience first hand. I look forward to picking up this book and reading it again!
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Awesome!
July 21st, 2013
I loved this book and didnt see the ending coming. :)
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1 review
Amazing!
July 18th, 2013
Amazing book!! Jodi totally outdid herself. Some parts were so raw it was hard to read. Loved it!
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Gripping and heartbreaking
July 13th, 2013
Difficult book to read, one of the most unforgettable stories I have read of late.
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Great Book
June 25th, 2013
This book was very good. I'm not usually the type of person to read about the Holocaust because its very sad; however, I enjoyed this book with all my heart. I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book the anyone.
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A great read
June 16th, 2013
This was just amazing. I literally read it in less than 24 hours.
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Incredible
June 15th, 2013
I couldnt put it down. This is her best book by far.
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1 review
Awesome! Emotionally trying, too.
June 15th, 2013
I can't wait to discuss this at our book club meeting this week. I was engaged right to the very end. I'm still in shock. I'll definitely recommend this one to others.
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The Storyteller
June 5th, 2013
I found that this story started out a bit slow but once I got into it, it was absolutely fantastic! It gave me a lot of insight into the way things went down in WWII and as per usual, Jodi did an amazing job of looking at all sides of the issues. Loved this book!
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The Storyteller
May 21st, 2013
A very good read...very moving.
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Loved this book
May 14th, 2013
Jodi Picoult is never a disappointment!!! This was a great book!!! Hard to stomach at time due the the parts that were facts.
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The Ultimate Moral Dilemma ? ?
May 7th, 2013
I have read nearly all of Jodi Picoult's novels, grabbing each one eagerly as soon as it is published. What I enjoy about her writing is the interesting subject matter from which she extracts believable characters, a fast-moving plot line and above all, a moral dilemma. She has met and now exceeded, with this last book, all my criteria for 'a good read'. In her latest work, Ms. Picoult interweaves three settings and three plot lines: present day America, the Holocaust of World War Two and a gory allegorical fairy tale. Although the detailed descriptions of Auschwitz are both terrifying and sickening, and the fairy tale passages are violent, yet the moral dilemma presented to the main character, Sage, is one that turns over in the reader's mind in all the forms presented by the author. Forgiveness is at the heart of this novel and I can't stop thinking about it. What happens's next Ms. Picoult?
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The Ultimate Moral Dilemma ? ?
May 7th, 2013
I have read nearly all of Jodi Picoult's novels, grabbing each one eagerly as soon as it is published. What I enjoy about her writing is the interesting subject matter from which she extracts believable characters, a fast-moving plot line and above all, a moral dilemma. She has met and now exceeded, with this last book, all my criteria for 'a good read'. In her latest work, Ms. Picoult interweaves three settings and three plot lines: present day America, the Holocaust of World War Two and a gory allegorical fairy tale. Although the detailed descriptions of Auschwitz are both terrifying and sickening, and the fairy tale passages are violent, yet the moral dilemma presented to the main character, Sage, is one that turns over in the reader's mind in all the forms presented by the author. Forgiveness is at the heart of this novel and I can't stop thinking about it. What happens's next Ms. Picoult?
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Redemption
May 6th, 2013
This is a story of healing, forgiveness and redemption on many levels. I loved it!
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1 review
Very slow
May 4th, 2013
Took me forever to read. Almost gave up several times.
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1 review
Wow!
April 27th, 2013
Picoult surprises yet again!
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1 review
Hard to put down
April 26th, 2013
Another great story by Jodi Picoult, it's a difficult subject, but easy to get caught up in. I know books have to end, but this ending seemed to come too quickly. Now I have to wait for Jodi to write another one.
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Captivating the whole way through
April 17th, 2013
I didn't know the ending before it happened, which surprised me...this book kept me wanting more in one way and in another I didn't want to know more. I have not read anything that covered the Holocaust from a survivors point of view, or that of one who did the torturing. I love how Jodi Picoult can take you on a journey when you feel hatred and compassion for the same people at different points. Well-written, poignant and disturbing all at the same time. Perhaps the relationship between Sage and Leo was a little too 'pushed' & fast, but that didn't take away from the story. Great book that I recommend - but I pretty much always love her books:) well worth the money paid!
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1 review
Great read, but not easy!
April 11th, 2013
This is a bit of a different book in my opinion. I had to read it slowly as some parts were a bit difficult to take in.
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The Storyteller
April 11th, 2013
Excellent! I had a hard time putting it down!
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1 review

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