The Storyteller

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Center Point Large Print, 2013 - Fiction - 696 pages
78 Reviews
"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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At least the research was pretty good. - LibraryThing
Even the love story felt completely contrived. - LibraryThing
The ending is stunning. - LibraryThing
The plot is suspenseful and heart-wrenching. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - Proustitutes - LibraryThing

Once you get to the ninth or tenth Picoult book it's easy to lose your passion for reading them. When I read Lone Wolf last year and struggled to make it to the halfway point, I thought this would be ... Read full review

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User Review  - sandra.k.heinzman - LibraryThing

What a good book! I didn't expect the ending, though. I've read most of Jodi Picoult's books and think it's her best, yet! Wow, it's going to stay with me for awhile as I process and reflect on it. Highly recommend. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, and Lone Wolf. My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. She has had many books listed on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2014 her book Leaving Time made this bestseller list

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