The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult


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Jodi Picoult is truly a stellar writer. I’ve read several of her books, but The Storyteller is the best yet. Her writing draws me in and keeps me hanging on, which is probably why I was able to read 100 pages in 1 day. This novel is phenomenal I tell you.

The Storyteller is written in many voices—all of which are emotionally gripping. The story is set around Sage who is a baker in a small New Hampshire town. In her young life, she’s experienced many unfortunate events, which lead her to joining a support group. At the support group, she meets Josef, an elderly man grieving the death of his wife. As odd as it may be, they become fast friends, and it’s not long before Josef reveals a secret and is asking Sage to do the unthinkable for him.

Unbeknownst to Sage, Josef is linked to her family, which leads to Sage’s grandmother, Minka, who is a holocaust survivor. A decent portion of the novel is dedicated to Minka’s account of the holocaust, and it’s heartbreaking and sickening. Jodi Picoult wrote with such detail that I felt my way through a mix of emotions, and I could see everything…playing like movie in my head.

Just when you think you have things figured out—well, think again! The ending of The Storyteller will throw you for a loop as there are many twists and turns you probably won’t see coming. I know I sure didn’t! Seriously, if you haven’t read this book, you need to. We must never forget the holocaust. History has repeated itself and still does today.

Cambodia.

Bosnia.

Rwanda.

Uganda.

Darfur.

Democratic Republic of Congo.

Just to name a few…

When I write about books I’ve read, I always like to include a few quotes. Below are a few from The Storyteller that caught my attention.

“If you lived through it, you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it. And if you didn’t, you will never understand.” –Minka

“I believe that having something to hope for—even if it’s just a better tomorrow—is the most powerful drug on this planet.” –Sage

“But forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me. It’s saying, You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.” –Mary (Sage’s boss)

“It does not matter who forgives you, if you’re the one who can’t forget.” –Sage

One other holocaust book I’d recommend is Night by Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor. It’s a book I need to read again because I haven’t read it in years. A book I can’t believe I’ve never read is Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. I’ll have to put that on hold at the library.

I’ll leave you with this quote…

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girlin many voices–my ove binge reading.

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