Jodi Picoult has been one of my favorite authors, and I love that she knows how to put in a good twist at the end. I am always completely blindsided. While this twist I kind of had figured out, I was still second guessing myself all the way through.
Picoult is great at transforming controversial situations and at presenting both sides. This book is no exception. The storyteller deals with sensitive issues like religion and the Holocaust. There was a lot of historical information that was fascinating and well researched. I liked the short story that was built into the larger story. There were so many subplots and stories but the weaving of them all together was magical.
Sage is courageous, and brilliantly faceted. I loved that Picoult made Sage seem so real, there were so many different feelings coming from Sage and so many difficult decisions. I felt for Sage, and I found a little bit of myself in her.
I found this book to be inspiring and interesting. There were so many things I didn't know about the Holocaust that was brought to light and also about what happened after WWII ended that I think only add to the authenticity of the information. Picoult is a fantastic storyteller and I can't wait to see what else she has written.
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 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.