What's The Storyteller about?Sage Singer has a past that makes her want to hide from the world. Sleeping by day and working in a bakery by night, she kneads her emotion into the beautiful bread she bakes.
But when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Josef Weber, a quiet man old enough to be her grandfather, and respected pillar of the community, she feels that finally, she may have found someone she can open up to. Until Josef tells her the evil secret he's kept for sixty years.
Jodi Picoult never just teeters of the edge of emotion, she dives right in with both feet. In her latest book, it's the topic of forgiveness that gets a thorough examination. Set in present day America, but intertwined with a series of recollections of wartime Poland, Picoult takes you on an emotional journey back into the lives of people affected by World War Two in its most extreme form: a Jewish girl in Auchwitz and a Nazi SS guard stationed there.
The telling of the various characters' stories blends perfectly with the present day prose but there is another tale that feeds throughout, Sage's grandmother's vampire plot which didn't quite work for us. While we can see what Picoult was trying to achieve, it felt a bit like a dimension too many to take in and we often found ourselves flicking back several chapters to remember what had happened the last time we delved into that tale.
Overall, we enjoyed it. It wasn't full of surprises, and we can't say the twist at the end was a huge surprise, but the characters were interesting and we enjoyed going with them on their journey.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publish Date: 26th March 2013
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