Sage Singer has never been much one for other people. Always considered a loner, the baker finds herself short of company until she finds herself befriending Joseph Weber, one of the most popular old men in her community. He's an astounding gentleman: retiree, schoolteacher, little league coach. That's why it takes her by such surprise when he asks her to kill him.
Sage is shocked, and with good reason, until he lets go his deepest, darkest secret: Joseph was once a Nazi SS guard. He lives with the guilt of his position every day, and it's too much for him to bear. What's more, Sage's grandmother was a holocaust survivor. Sage is stuck in an odd place...and with it comes many questions. If Sage kills him...is it revenge, or evil? Can evil be expunged by good acts? If she was friends with such darkness...what does that make her? The questions linger in her mind.
The Storyteller is sure to delight any Picoult fan.
Jodi Picoult is one of America's most beloved and prolific authors. Born May 19, 1966, she was raised in Long Island by a non-practicing Jewish family. Her publishing career started early, and she wrote two stories in Seventeen magazine before even graduating college. She then went on to get a writing degree from Princeton university, and from there almost immediately began penning novels. Today, there are more than 14 million copies of Picoult's books in print, and she has won several literary awards in the genres they cover.
Some stories live
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.
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?
In this searingly honest
novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to
protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. Download and start listening now!