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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Josef Weber is ninety-five and living with his dog in a small town in New Hampshire.  He was a pillar of the community for many years but he has long buried secrets.  He befriends twenty-something Sage Singer at a grief support group and as their friendship grows he confesses his secret to her.  Josef is not his real name.  He took a new identity when he arrived in the United States.  He was an SS Officer in Auschwitz and he wants Sage, of Jewish ancestry, to forgive him and then help him die.

In typical Picoult fashion this is a morality tale – what is right and what is wrong?  Can a person redeem themselves from heinous acts through future actions?  Is inaction the same as participating?  Can a good person do horrible things and still be a good person?


If you are an audiobook fan add this one to your listening list.  Read by multiple narrators the casting is superbly done with accents and emotion ringing true throughout the story.

I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book and I have been disappointed by most of Picoult’s recent novels.  It is quite intense, especially with the details of life in Auschwitz, but the story flows and keeps you hanging on every word.  Even though I saw the twist ending coming from a long way off (it’s not as shocking as they typically are) I still couldn’t wait to see what came next.

By | 2017-05-08T19:47:53+00:00 April 15th, 2013|SCLSNJ Recommended Reads|
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