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The Storyteller

A Novel
Picoult, Jodi (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Storyteller


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Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. 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, but then he tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he's right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all--if Sage even considers his request--is it murder, or justice?
Authors: Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
Title: The storyteller
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Emily Bestler Books,, 2013
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition
Characteristics: 460 pages;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. 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, but then he tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he's right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all--if Sage even considers his request--is it murder, or justice?
ISBN: 1439102767
9781439102763
9781439102770
Statement of Responsibility: Jodi Picoult
Subject Headings: Friendship Fiction Good and evil Fiction Ex-Nazis Fiction Bakers Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Friendship
Good and evil
Ex-Nazis
Bakers
LCCN: 2012048982
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Report This Apr 23, 2014
  • xnatashax rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! It taught me about a particular event in history and just made me want to keep reading. Looking forward to getting hold of some of her other novels.

Report This Mar 05, 2014
  • tokyotower rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sad, but such a well written story. I'm still thinking about all the characters in the book. As it was so strong that I don't feel like starting any another book for awhile.

Report This Jan 25, 2014
  • bette108 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A powerful, disturbing story about forgiveness and the ways in which "evil" shapes us - beautifully crafted as a series of stories interconnected by theme as well as characters.

This was one of my favorite books by Picoult. I loved how the characters were interconnected

This is the first book I have read by Jodi Picoult and now I can't wait to read everything she has written. So exciting to find a new author who paints pictures with her words while telling such a compelling story.

Report This Oct 15, 2013
  • sunnye1988 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is an awesome book! Sage Singer should finish her grandmother Minka's book and have it published. Would probably have made the New York Times bestseller list. A real page turner, hard to put down; until the book is finished being read. I hope this book will be made into a movie. It's a shame I have to return it to the library...but I will have to. A compelling story. Waiting for the sequel to come out.

Report This Oct 15, 2013
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The Storyteller started like a pop fiction, but then it gripped me with baking, full of smells and textures, so I was ready to like the book. However, pop fiction returned, crammed with chapters that did not tie together well. It felt like watching a predictable TV show laced with commercials. I didn't appreciate Josef Weber's first person narrative, won't even comment on it. Picoult is a talented writer, but I didn't like what she did with her talent in this book.

Report This Oct 05, 2013
  • awdawn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You do NOT want this book to end. It is powerful and gripping. Worth the wait until it comes available. Maybe her best?

Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • Eil_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Jodi is a true n 'story-teller'. This is truly worth reading.

Report This Aug 31, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

We all have stories in our life. Jodi Picoult is just one such person; but her "The Storyteller," shows us how gifted she is in this department. Sage Singer is a baker and essentially the story is about her life. Two people close to her, her grandmother Minka, and her friend Josef Weber, have unique experiences which they share with Sage. What is Sage going to do about this information? The two stories start in parallel and come on a collision course. While telling us this gripping tale, Picoult comes up with unique expressions for example, "Sometimes all it takes to become human again is someone who can see you that way, no matter how you present on the surface." Minka closes her story with the wisdom of living through a horrible experience by saying, "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." Jodi Picoult has done a wonderful job of helping us to understand as best we can.

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Report This May 01, 2013
  • nkontrol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young woman is asked to do a huge favor and is told why she has to do it.

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Jodi Picoult Best Selling Author #InTheLab (Full Interview)

Published on Mar 15, 2013 Best Selling Author Jodi Picoult joins Internet Media Lab's Arthur Kade to discuss her latest book, from Simon & Schuster, The Storyteller.

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