“Even though I am a fast reader, this book took me a while to finish. Sometimes I find myself unable to finish great books right away. This was the case for *The Storyteller*. This book kept me up nights, thinking and imagining the horrors of the world's grim past. ”Erin wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The voice and the details make The Storyteller a winner. It seems as though there is a story within a story within a story. Each story is compelling.”ParkerReader wrote this review Friday, October 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jodi Picoult does not disappoint. This book is about a woman, an accomplished baker, whose grandmother survived the holocaust, by telling a story to the Nazi in Auschwitz who uses her as a secretary. Like Scherazade she spins her tale day after day to keep him interested and thereby survive. Sage, her granddaughter, becomes friendly with an old man, respected in their town, who seeks her out to confess his sins as an SS soldier at Auzchwitz in order to be forgiven. The largest narrative in the book is the grandmother's tale, told with brutal detail of the conditions she lived through during her internment. ”Bobbi wrote this review Friday, October 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is an excellent read! Jodi Picoult does not disappoint.”Phyllis Faber wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although the main character intrigued me from the beginning, her moral dilemma did not keep me interested, and the other characters seemed stereotypical. The parallel stories with other plots and people just confused me for most of the novel--I love this author”Judy F wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my first stint into the world of Jodi Picoult. The book did hold my interest but I didn't like the ending twists. I don't think I will read any more of her books. Who knows what I may be missing out on since she is such a popular author. The characters were strong with a lot of self-observations and internal conflict. I kept asking myself, "Is that fair?", "What would I do?" It was a heavy read about a heart-wrenching issue-Good for Ms. Picoult to tackle it with such flair, but nonetheless, I will not be treading on Picoult ground any time soon. ”Frances P wrote this review Thursday, September 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a story about the Holocaust. It is well written, well plotted and very interesting. I've not read all of Jodi Picoult's books but I have read several and she never disappoints her reader. I highly recommend this book. ”Myra Fritts wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel is like a "double framework" story, three threads woven into one horrific Holocaust tale. Well done!”Sherilyn W wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fans of Jodi Picoult will love this book. It has all the classic Picoult touches; a secret past, angst, human misunderstandings, and a twist in the end that changes everything. I keep trying her books because she is an excellent writer, however, I just don't enjoy the endless soul searching, judgements, and unsatisfying endings.”Mac D wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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?