Monday, August 19, 2013

On My Bookshelf: August

I have a (short) list of authors who are so good I know I will like just about anything they write.  Jodi Picoult is one of them.  She has an amazing way of writing about controversial issues embedded in the best stories. Truly talented writer.  This is her latest book, The Storyteller, and it is really good.  Here is the synopsis from Jodi'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 weaves three different parts; the story of present day Sage Singer, the story of what her grandmother endured during the Holocaust, and the story her grandmother wrote while in the midst of such hell that kept her alive.  The book is so good not only because it is well written but because of the story it tells of a Jewish girl and what she endured during the Holocaust.  And while it is fiction, it certainly paints a very accurate picture of what those people endured.  Horrors that are hard to imagine and even harder to digest but ones that we as people must never, ever forget.  A great read on so many levels.

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