Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Review: The Storyteller

I recently finished the newest Jodi Picoult book, and it was so high quality that I had to blog about it.   Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors.  There was a time during high school or college where I wasn't reading for fun very often, and Jodi Picoult's books really changed that.  I love getting lost in a book, and I credit Jodi Picoult's books for re-igniting that in me.

Anyway, The Storyteller.  Here is the synopsis, from the author's website:

Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who's committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?

The book contains many stories about life during the Nazi regime, and the fact that it's fiction doesn't help make it easier to read.  There is something about the Holocaust that I can't turn away from - I may have mentioned before that I feel like in some ways, reading about what was done is a way to honor the victims - that there is honoring in the remembering- and in never forgetting what happened.

The book was hard to read - I think all books about the Holocaust are difficult to get through - but like in all Jodi Picoult books, the payoff is so worth it.  She's an incredible storyteller, and this book is no exception.

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