The Storyteller

The Storyteller Some stories live forever Sage Singer is a baker She works through the night preparing the day s breads and pastries trying to escape a reality of loneliness bad memories and the shadow of her mo

Some stories live forever .Sage Singer is a baker She works through the night, preparing the day s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother s death When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship Despite their differenSome stories live forever .Sage Singer is a baker She works through the night, preparing the day s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother s death When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can t, and they become companions.Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long buried and shameful secret one that nobody else in town would ever suspect and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she s made about her life and her family When does a moral choice become a moral imperative And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future

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  1. Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty three novels, including the 1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, 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.Her new novel, SMALL GREAT THINGS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio on October 11th.Website jodipicoult Facebook facebook jodipicoult Twitter twitter jodipicoult

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  1. Jodi Picoult has tackled yet another big issue forgiveness in The Storyteller, but as in all her books things are a little complicated than usual, and there s her wow didn t see that coming twist as well Sage Singer is a loner She works as a baker through the night, only befriending a few people, hardly ever talking to the customers, always staying behind the scenes in the store where she works She has terrible scars on her face from a frightful accident, something she s struggling to cope with [...]

  2. Some spoilers but nothing major The first few chapters of The Storyteller introduce us to Sage Singer a twenty something baker who is struggling with scars both emotional and physical Following an accident that maimed half her face, Sage suffers from very low self esteem, lives and works like a recluse and settles for being some guy s mistress.Had I not read the blurb, I would have assumed that I was reading one of those chick lit stories where an insecure girl with too much emotional baggage me [...]

  3. This book was ok I have read pretty much everything Picoult has written, and I m also a massive history buff, so I looked to this book with very high hopes.Don t get me wrong, I liked this book for reasons outlined by many of the other reviewers on this site So for something a little different, I thought I would provide a few suggestions I would have made if I was Picoult s editor.This is because I ve started to notice in the last few books there are gaping continuity errors that reveal bigger e [...]

  4. Jodi Picoult is one of my adopted authors This means I enjoy her books and want to share them with others so I donate the cost of each to our library I get to read the book first, allowing the library, the community and myself to reap the benefits It s definitely a win win deal I have not loved all of Picoult s books but have always respected the determination and marketing savvy she has shown since she began her career So what did I think of her latest The Storyteller is told in much the same w [...]

  5. So, to be honest I have been so inundated with research articles, that my free time reading choices have been, well, light I have been taking on really easy reads due to the fact that my brain hurts.I thought, being Jodi Piccoult and all, that this book would fit into that category, however I was pleasantly surprised This book was not only extremely well written, but thought provoking and moving I never considered a book that took various perspectives of the Holocaust, well because I only believ [...]

  6. I do not read many of Jodi Picoult s books, mainly because a lot of them do not really appeal to me I bought this book mainly because of the high ratings it was recieving on here All i have to say is wow I loved this book, at times i had to put it down to clear my head of the horrors i was reading No matter how many books i have read, True or fiction based The story of what happened to the Jews during the holocaust never fails to bring me to tears.Also reading the story from a young German boy s [...]

  7. Characters Sage I actually really disliked Sage in the first part of this book I m not sure if this is intentional on the author s part, or if we were supposed to find her character sympathetic, but whatever the case, the result was that I just could not make myself like her She seemed to me to be very self effacing, in an artificial woe is me kind of way, from how she felt about her scarred face which she was really hung up on to the reasons behind her sleeping with a married man This latter de [...]

  8. Damn.I don t curse When I finished The Storyteller, I couldn t craft a coherent sentence I just sat and thought to myself damn.Sage Singer bakes bread It s therapy for her, in addition to the grief support group she attends after losing her mother in a car crash One day she befriends Josef Weber, a fellow support group goer and an elderly man who is a cherished member of their small town community Sage soon realizes that Josef doesn t just want her bread he wants her to kill him She learns that [...]

  9. In a search for compelling books, I chose Jodi Picoult s latest book because I d admired one of her earlier books What a disappointment It s was so deadly that I could hardly finish it Though I do admire her prose, this work is not one I can recommend to serious readers.Purportedly, the book simultaneously tells a number of stories about the protagonist and her mysterious facial scar, her friend Joe s past as a Nazi officer and her feelings about it, her grandmother s experience in a concentrati [...]

  10. I loved the book As a Jew myself, living in today s world I felt it was important for me to be reminded of this terrible atrocity I wonder if I could have had the courage to survive and cope with the losses of all my loved ones This book has given me a renewed sense of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate and help elevate their suffering, rather than spend time worrying about petty bs Thank you Jodi Picoult for this empowering shot of reality

  11. 10 STARS This book wildly exceeded my expectations This is one of the best book of the year, and easily the finest novel of Jodi Picoult s career Just an extraordinary book Words are inadequate.

  12. Spoiler alert If you read my reviews, then you know I m a Jodi fan because I like her characters, controversial plots, and varied narrative techniques At first, I was frustrated that Jodi chose to write a story on a topic that has been told so many times before and with so many fiction and nonfiction books on the Holocaust, people will invariably compare this book to these others I taught Wiesel s Night for 15 years and have read so many Holocaust books, that I fretted about this book when I fir [...]

  13. I would give this 4 1 2 stars This book had me thinking on so many different levels that it s hard for me to sum up my thoughts in a review This quote sums up a lot of what this book had me thinking about not all Jews were victims and not all Germans were murderers Reading Minka s story of the Holocaust really dives into that statement.A quote from the book, I do believe in people In their strength to help each other, and to thrive in spite of the odds Reading this book made me wonder if I would [...]

  14. Devastatingly good Jodi Picoult weaves some amazing stories and like so many of her other books, this one will break your heart I was completely engaged all day in this book and though some of it was predictable, I did not expect a lot of it Trigger this story does center around the Holocaust so it could be difficult for many to read.

  15. Wow For me, a sign of a really great book is one you can remember the characters days, months and even years later This book was riveting while going from the present and spending a good part of the book back in the 1940s from the point of view of a Holocaust survivor No matter how horrifying this was, I couldn t stop reading It may be one of the big reasons I can t get this book out of my mind or it may be the O M G twist at the end I admit I was as blindsides as I was with My Sister s Keeper T [...]

  16. Jodi Picoult has a talent for talking about harrowing experiences from child abuse to suicide pacts, murder to school shootings and forcing the reader into the minds of everybody involved But how is it possible to do this with the Holocaust As it turns out, very well indeed.The Storyteller begins with Sage Singer, a young woman dealing badly with the loss of her mother in a car crash a few years prior Sage attends a group created for people dealing with grief and it is there she meets Josef Webe [...]

  17. I have to say that I was seriously disappointed by this book I have only read one other book by Piccoult, Saving Grace, and it was okay When I read the brief summary of this book, NOWHERE did it mention the Holocaust When I realized this is what the book was about, I was upset to the point that I almost didn t finish reading it I am not anti Jewish, anti Holocaust or anything like that, but I do not want to read books about it The images and words and descriptions are seared into my memory, and [...]

  18. The Storyteller is my second Jodi Picoult book And, I must say it will be hard to better it or even match it My attention was grabbed right from page one, and my mind didn t wander once while reading I don t know what to say other than this book was FANTASTIC It s on my favorites list, and I will be recommending it to everyone for years to come.

  19. The last Jodi Picoult I read was House Rules, many years ago, and it has been my favourite until now I LOVED this book it evoked so many emotions in me It was such an amazing and daring subject matter, an old Natzi SS officer at Auschwitz seeking out a young Jewish woman for assisted suicide and forgiveness.Another thing I forgot about Picoult books is the astounding amount of research that goes into her books specifically in this case the other side of the story how a seemingly normal German bo [...]

  20. The Storyteller is a very compelling Novel from Jodi Picoult and it s a story about redemption and forgiveness I had been giving Picoult Novels a wide breath over the past few years as I had felt her books were beginning to take on a pattern which I grew tired of quite quickly.When I discovered that Jodie Picoult was going to take on a difficult and sensitive subject like the Holocaust I really wanted to read this novel I appreciate how difficult it must be for a writer to write a fictional acco [...]

  21. Oh dear A perfectly good idea but, sadly, not realised I don t know where to start in unravelling what is wrong with this For starters, too long main protagonist is annoying to the point of wishing can t say, too controversial A chapter in the middle that is a novel in its own right but no one would ever read already written, several times mistakes all over one glaringly bad one at the end regarding the car a twist that was expected from the second it was set up half way in and an ending that wa [...]

  22. How do you forgive someone who has committed a horrendous crime A war crime against a family member and a war crime against a race Can you really forgive someone if you are not the actual party who was wronged Is forgiveness yours to give The Storyteller is a riveting tale of Sage Singer a baker that works nights to avoid contact with the outside world, a young woman that has been attending a grief counseling group since the death of her mother 3 years prior Here she meets an elder man, Josef We [...]

  23. Josef and Sage are in the same grief group He also frequents her bakery and is a stellar, respected member of the community He is 95, a widower, a retired teacher, ex Boy Scout leader and Little League coach, and he was once a Nazi who killed thousands He now wants Sage, because she is of Jewish descent, to end his life in retribution for what he did during WWII The revelation of Josef s story as recounted to Sage is just classic Picoult Nothing is black and white he was an innocent boy he was a [...]

  24. Muito provavelmente o melhor que j li E de certeza que vai ser um favorito do ano O in cio foi um pouco lento e n o parecia fazer muito sentido Mas depois a narrativa ficou t o viciaste que foi imposs vel parar de o ler Uma obra sobre o Holocausto muito forte e emotiva Aconselho muito.

  25. If history has a habit of repeating itself, doesn t someone have to stay behind to shout out a warning Jodi PicoultI am a bit at loss of words as the Storyteller s story unfolds in the middle of the novel I have read a few WWII novels and even though the characters are fictional, the story of each single life lost during the holocaust deserves its own written account And Minka s strory is aching my chest What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too complex, too huge, to [...]

  26. The Story Teller is a really excellent historical fiction offering by Jodi Picoult Josef Weber, a former Nazi officer befriends a young girl, Sage Sage s grandmother, Minka, is a survivor of the holocaust Josef has one request for Sageat she kill him Minka s story which makes up the majority of the book is set in the work camps and concentration camps of World War II These were really horrific, heartbreaking, sickening and realistic accounts of this period, which were extremely well told and ver [...]

  27. So.holy crap wow This does not read like a Jodi Picoult novel I had given up on her a few novels ago when her stuff got too sappy for me The only reason I chose this was because I was desperate for an audio book and this was in front of my face at the library I know there are many people who scoff at Picoult with her contrived plots and often didactic storytelling If you re one of those people, I suggest giving this one a chance It s different I would have given it five stars if not for the fict [...]

  28. If a 95 years old model citizen, who s also an ex Nazi war criminal, seeks and begs for forgiveness, could he be genuinely forgiven Through the voices of different people, in different stages of involvement in the Holocaust the Auschwitz survivor, the ex SS member, the survivor s grand daughter and the FBI official Nazi hunter , The Storyteller dwells with the moral questions of forgiveness and remorse, and has you asking yourself questions about what you would do in the unimaginable given situa [...]

  29. No longer do I eagerly await Picoult s newest release no longer do add myself to the wait list at the library as soon as the listing is poster Her last two novels were mediocre at best, and I ve cracked the formula for her novels so that the endings no longer surprise me However, a friend asked me to read this novel since I ve taken a handful of courses on the Holocaust and read a fair share of books nonfiction and fiction on the topic such that the topic has its own category tag on my book blog [...]

  30. Este um livro surpreendente porque contempla uma hist ria dentro de v rias hist rias Obviamente que cont las nesta minha opini o seria desvendar muito da magia deste livro e isso iria perder se Obviamente o livro n o se resume s personagens de Josef e Sage, embora estas sejam determinantes para a evolu o do livro No entanto, muitas mais se seguir o que ser o t o ou mais ricas.E depressa nos embrenhamos na hist ria de vida delas, do Holocausto, do que se viveu na Segunda Guerra Mundial, porque a [...]

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