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Sing You Home: A Novel [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Jodi Picoult
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (740 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.

INCLUDES MP3S OF ORIGINAL SONGS
Music by Ellen Wilber
Lyrics by Jodi Picoult
All songs performed by Ellen Wilber


Editorial Reviews

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Popular author Picoult tackles the controversial topic of gay rights in her latest powerful tale. When music therapist Zoe Baxter’s latest pregnancy ends in a stillbirth, her husband Max decides he can’t handle any more heartbreak and leaves her. As she picks up the pieces of her life, Zoe is surprised to find herself falling for a school counselor who happens to be a woman. While Zoe is finding happiness with Vanessa, Max falls off the wagon and is helped by a pastor from his brother’s evangelical church. Vanessa and Zoe wed in Massachusetts, and Vanessa offers to carry one of the fertilized embryos Zoe and Max stored. Excited by the prospect of being a mother, Zoe goes to Max to get him to release the embryos to her and is shocked when he instead sues her for custody of them, backed by his church. Told from the perspectives of all three major characters, Picoult’s gripping novel explores all sides of the hot-button issue and offers a CD of folk songs that reflect Zoe’s feelings throughout the novel. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The always topical Picoult plans a multimedia tour to more than two dozen cities with Ellen Wilber, who will perform the songs she and Picoult wrote together. --Kristine Huntley

Review

“Powerful. . . Gripping.” —Booklist

“Sing You Home deftly personalizes the political, delivering a larger message of tolerance that's difficult to fault.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An immensely entertaining melodrama with crackerjack dialogue that kept me happily indoors for an entire weekend.” —USA Today

“[Jodi Picoult] has crafted another winner. . . Picoult cleverly examines the modern world of reproductive science, how best to nurture a child and what, exactly, being a family means.” —People

“Thouroughly satisfying. Sing You Home truly sings.” —BookPage

“Sing You Home is the book that we, as gay men and woman, will want to hand to our straight friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members. I’m not saying Picoult is a savior for the gay movement, but she’s created a record of our time.” —Edge (Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles)

“Picoult treats all sides of this complex morality tale with honesty and dignity, which is what readers have come to expect from her.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Determinedly life affirming, with designs on the heart.” —Newark Star-Ledger

Product Details

  • File Size: 87.8 MB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444724533
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043RSJ8G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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183 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunned. March 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I am an avid Jodi reader but must admit I was a little nervous when I found out she was writing a book about such a controversial subject, the Gay community. I came from an extremely conservative family and grew up being `anti-gay'. The past few years I have become more neutral on the subject, not being passionate one way or the other about the subject. I just finished Sing You Home and I have a completely new perspective on the LGBT community. I never realized all of the battles they encounter and never realized the extreme measures people have taken to hold this community back from basic civil liberties. This book has made me realize the reality and prejudice that is occurring everyday in the world around me. Who would have thought that a fictional book could have such a dramatic impact on my outlook on life and humanity? Thank you Jodi for writing such an accurate and honest portrayal of the unfortunate injustice engrained in our society.
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314 of 339 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picoult's Best Novel Yet! February 28, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Jodi Picoult is one author well known for writing about controversial issues. Her latest novel, Sing You Home, is sure to evoke strong emotions among some of her readers. The novel encompasses such diverse issues as, gay rights, evangelical Christian beliefs, in vitro fertilization, suicidal teens, divorce, discrimination and even music therapy. The essence of the story is told in alternating chapters from the points of view of three primary characters.

Zoe Baxter, has longed to be a mother. She's approaching 40 years of age, has been married to Max for nearly 10 years, and the couple has been unsuccessful at bringing a child of their own into the world. Zoe has had several miscarriages, and her last pregnancy resulted in a stillborn birth. After undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization), spending thousands of dollars, and experiencing one disappointment after another, Zoe still has not given up hope. Her husband Max, on the other hand, is through.

Max is a recovering alcoholic. He cannot endure the thought of more attempts at conception, and he wants out. Max files for divorce and he slowly slides back into drinking once again. When he is involved in an automobile crash while under the influence, he soon realizes he needs to change his life. He moves in with his brother Reid and his wife. Reid suggests that he come to their church, The Eternal Glory Church, and listen to their pastor, Clive Lincoln speak. The pastor happens to be a radical fundamentalist with an anti-gay agenda.

Meanwhile, Zoe throws her emotionally wounded self into her work as a Music Therapist, working with hard to reach individuals. She is asked by Vanessa, a school counselor, to work with a suicidal teen girl.
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115 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picoult's Best Work Since My Sister's Keeper! February 28, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I almost don't know how to start this review. I am a Jodi Picoult fan girl through and through. I have been waiting for Sing You Home since I closed the covers of House Rules. Given those facts, you'll probably be totally shocked when I say that I 100% loved this book. Or not shocked at all.

Where do I start with Sing You Home? Picoult's writing, of course. When I read a Jodi Picoult novel, I encounter sentences I wish I had the brilliance to write myself. I get lost and tangled up in the people she creates and the scenarios she details. Picoult can break my heart into tiny pieces and then put me back together within a few pages. Her novels make me smile, they make me laugh, and often, they move me to the point of tears. Her writing is beautiful without being sappy; detailed without being overdone; masterful without being pretentious; amazing in a way I can't even describe.

So, I obviously like her writing style, but what else? Let's talk about her characters. Although this does go back to Picoult's writing style, it never fails to amaze me how one person can write in so many voices. What do I mean? Picoult's novels are general told by multiple narrators. In the case of Sing You Home, there are three primary narrators: Zoe Baxter, Max Baxter, and Vanessa Shaw. It's incredible to me how one author can make each of those narrative voices so completely unique. Reading a chapter that is narrated by Zoe is a completely different experience than reading a chapter narrated by Vanessa. It provides so much more insight to the characters to read the experience as told by them, rather than be told how that character is feeling about a situation by a third person narrator.

What was so delightful and heartbreaking about Sing You Home was that I loved all the characters.
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191 of 237 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing March 3, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Music therapist Zoe Baxter and her husband Max, want desperately to have a child and all their failing attempts are starting to take a huge medical, financial and emotion toll on their marriage. When she suffers a heartbreaking stillbirth well into her last pregnancy, it is the final straw for the marriage and Max walks out of the house and out of their life together. Dealing with both these losses, very depressed, Zoe finds herself turned around by the friendship of a counselor at one of the schools she works at, a friendship that turns quickly (perhaps too quickly to be really believable) into a romance. Add to that the fact that her new love is a woman, Vanessa.
Quickly (maybe too quickly again) married in Massachusetts, the couple decides to get use the frozen embryos Zoe and Max have in storage to try and have a baby together, with Zoe's new spouse carrying the child. But when she goes to Max to get permission, she finds herself in the middle of a court case, being sued for custody.

While I admit I have not read a lot of Ms. Picoult books, I totally loved My Sister's Keeper...and not just for the amazing ending. So when I read that she had a new book coming out, and the topics sounded so interesting, so timely, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy. I opened the package and started reading it immediately.
Rarely have I been so disappointed in a book. Not for the controversial subject matter, no, not at all!

On Zoe's side, the characters are almost saints, noble, good, selfless people. Even her lawyer, who will soon be getting a halo no doubt, is just such a nice person. How can you not agree with her? Zoe and Vanessa are so nice, how can we not want them to win?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into alternate lifestyles! Wonderful book
Great book. So much insight into to different lifestyles. Fast read.
Published 1 day ago by Cindy Witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a very wonderful book. I found it to be very frustrating,heartwarming, extremely interesting! The ending....What more could you ask for?!
Published 2 days ago by K. Moriarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
This is yet another page turner by Jodi Picoult! I'm love how she handles so many of life's challenges head on! Keep it up.
Published 3 days ago by Mary Q
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many big issues in one book.
Too many issues in one book
AS a J P fan, I would have expected a little more depth. My daughter (who is occupational therapist) was very dissappointed at how music therapy... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Anna-stina Suhonen-malm
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one I like!
I just cannot say enough wonderful things about this author!
Published 5 days ago by Justwhoiam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As usual Jodi Picoult has written another story that I could hardly put the book down until I finished the book. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Sheila M. Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not up to par
Published 14 days ago by Freddi Margolin
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This is a book about a lesbian couple ...
Warning: This is a book about a lesbian couple.
Published 17 days ago by Theresa Swan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This story kept me intrigued throughout. I enjoyed the twists and turns and it ended well
Published 19 days ago by Kerrie Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
One of Jodie Picoults best books, a brilliant insight to IVF and into the difficulties that same sex couples face. The storyline was so gripping I didn't want to put the book down
Published 24 days ago by Colette Kelly
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "The Storyteller," "Lone Wolf," "Between the Lines," "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.

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Price of new releases are $5 more than previous on Kindle.
Yes I chose to buy the hardcover even though the Kindle version is more convenient for me. I will lend the hardcover to my friends and they will loose sales that way. So disappointing!
Feb 21, 2011 by techieteacher |  See all 28 posts
Kindle vs Hardback
It looks like the Kindle version will come with MP3's of the songs, but I'm still baffled at the price of this Kindle book. I know it's a new release, but 14.99 for a kindle book is pushing the limit, especially when the HARDBACK is 29 cents cheaper. Doesn't seem right.....
Feb 8, 2011 by Meg |  See all 22 posts
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Rissa, the music is available here: http://pages.simonandschuster.com/sing-you-home
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