- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Har/Com edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439102724
- ISBN-13: 978-1439102725
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 887 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sing You Home: A Novel Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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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
“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
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In addition, although I found the story and the characters compelling, reading "Sing You Home" was a bit like being hit over the head with a rainbow-painted two-by-four. Picoult has a clear agenda here and she makes no pretenses to the contrary. I am a strong supporter of LGBT rights, but I felt like I was being pandered to (and that people who disagree with me were being preached at). It seemed clear to me pretty early on that Picoult was trying to push an agenda here, and that is not always the case with her books (although they do tend to exploit hot-button issues). A more subtle approach might have served her purpose better, and I say that as someone who probably agrees with her wholeheartedly on this subject.
I'd give the book 3 1/2 stars if Amazon would let me. I liked it, to be sure, but I had problems with it.
Sing You Home is an honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences of love and desire colliding with science and the law. From tragedy to self-discovery and joy, Zoe, Vanessa and Max will realise the undeniable truth - that you can't choose who you love. Compelling reading.
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I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan, and have read most of her books. This one just fell short of her usual work in my opinion.Read more