Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Pages: 460 (Hardback), 480 (Paperback), 440 (Ebook)
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Synopsis from Goodreads:
An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from the “amazingly talented writer” (Huffington Post) and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.
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.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With 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. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.
If you read anything from Jodi Picoult, you know she likes to tackle the big issues (school shootings, rape etc.) but this one has seriously is my favorite book by her. The overall issues is forgiveness and The Holocaust. If you are looking on for a unique book that pulls on your heart strings, pick this one up!
Perspective: This book goes from the present to the past. There are two different “storytellers” of the past but I didn’t get confused on who’s story it was. The voice for each was very distinct.
Feels: This book made me ecstatic to bringing me to tears and back again. It was exactly what I wanted from a Jodi Picoult book.
Inaccurate: There is some minor details in this book that aren’t true to history or to religious beliefs. If you get past those things, it’s still a good book
Names: This slightly bugged me at first. The main character’s name is Sage and her sisters’ names are Thyme and Rosemary. It’s ridiculous but it’s fine when the sisters aren’t mentioned.