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Sing You Home Paperback – October 18, 2011
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""Sing You Home" deftly personalizes the political, delivering a larger message of tolerance that's difficult to fault." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"Powerful. . . Gripping." --"Booklist"
"Thouroughly satisfying. "Sing You Home "truly sings." --"BookPage"
"[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"
"An immensely entertaining melodrama with crackerjack dialogue that kept me happily indoors for an entire weekend." --"USA Today"
"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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was not impressed with this book. After all of the help Reid gave Max, Max ends up marrying his brother, Reid's, wife. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Teacher
So confusing not my usual read...never finished. Got half way and found another bookPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book not being realistic at all.....depicting Christianity as so dogmatic and unloving when true Christianity is based on God's love which wasn't discussed.Published 1 month ago by Dee
Nothing on the cover warns you about it, but this is a book against sexual morality, virtue and the Christian religion and in favor of lesbianism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth
Jodi Picoult sure knows how to tell a story. Max and Zoe Baxter seem like the picture perfect couple that is only until everything come unravelling after the death of their... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sharanya K C