Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent 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?

This insomniac's opinion:

This is exactly the type of book that makes this Mama an insomniac! Holy intensity! I could not sleep until I knew if Sage was going to forgive Josef and find Josef's truth.

Now, I know that Jodi Picoult is not high-brow literature. But I can nearly always count on her for a compulsively readable novel that evokes strong emotions in me. I was disappointed by both Lone Wolf and Sing You Home(Picoult's most recent offerings), so I was thrilled that this novel was everything that I had hoped it would be. I adored the story of Minka, Sage's grandmother, which encompasses a great deal of the middle of the book and the way Minka's story was intertwined with the book within this book(you'll have to read it to understand what I mean). I do believe this is Ms. Picoult's finest work to date.

Worth staying up all night to read?

Absolutely. Keep tissues nearby.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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