Best-seller Picoult takes on a heavy subject in her latest outing: the Holocaust. At 25, Sage Singer is scarred, both physically and mentally, by the car accident that took her mother’s life. A baker who works at night in a New Hampshire shop run by a former nun, Sage shuns almost all human contact, save for her coworkers and her funeral-director boyfriend, Adam, who is married to another woman. Sage ventures out of her comfort zone to befriend Josef Weber, an elderly retired teacher, who throws her world into chaos when he tells her that he’s a former SS officer and asks her to help him end his life. Sage, whose grandmother Minka survived the Holocaust, reaches out to the Department of Justice and is connected with Leo Stein, a charismatic attorney and Nazi hunter. Leo travels to New Hampshire to investigate Sage’s claims, which leads them to Minka, who shares a surprising connection to Josef. Based on extensive research, 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Picoult will tour widely with this bold moral inquiry, connecting with book clubs and making television, radio, and online appearances. --Kristine Huntley
Never has a work of fiction seemed so realistic to me, all of the different stories magnificently intertwined to create a book which is truly on a new level. There are certain books that leave you bereft knowing that there is no more story to tell and this is one of them. Amy, Waterstones, UK Beautifully written, compelling fiction. I couldn't put it down. I'm now bereft! Ros, Burway Books, UK Hard to put down. This book lingers with you after you've finished ... It has compassion, anger, and a small touch of happily ever after that doesn't destroy the realism of the main events. If you can stomach a story based in the horrors of Nazi concentration camps then read THE STORYTELLER. It's worth the time you'll spend lost in its pages. Sarah Talbot, UK bookseller 'Picoult fans will love it' Sunday Express Another great read Cosmopolitan The first person accounts about what happened in the Holocaust are absolutely harrowing ... there are descriptive passages that make you catch your breath Sunday Express A beautifully woven story ... the humour and characters wrap themselves around you, daring you to stop reading My Weekly Simply stunning Image magazine I will start by saying that it is very difficult for me to review this book - I often find it difficult to review my favourite books as I find it hard to truly express how much I enjoyed them. From the first page, I knew that THE STORYTELLER would become one of my all time favourites. Jodi Picoult is definitely a favourite author of mine, yet she still manages to blow me away every single time I pick up one of her books. This one was no different Steppingoutofthepage Impossible to put down ... This is a story that not only pulls at your heart strings but thrusts you into a world of fantasy and monsters, in the most real sense Katy, Waterstones Chatham I've read most of Jodi Picoult's novels and this has to be one of the best. Emma, Bedford Waterstones The three strands of the story were cleverly interwoven to create a gripping, often harrowing read ... the richness of the language evoked all of the senses Wimbledon Library reading group Jodi Picoult's new book will leave you thinking about its story for a long time ... it is an emotional and compelling tale Sun Wow! What a fantastic read! From the very first page this book is gripping, absorbing and draws the reader in ... Loved it, loved it, loved it! Methil Library reading group Themes of guilt, forgiveness and justice predominate and are sharpened by the belief that forgiveness can only be asked for, and given, by those who have been harmed WI Life
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