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The Storyteller
by Jodi Picoult

Published: 2013-02-26
Hardcover : 480 pages
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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, ...
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Introduction

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, and they become companions.

Everything 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.

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Excerpt

Sage
On the second Thursday of the month, Mrs. Dombrowski brings her dead husband to our therapy group.
It’s just past 3PM, and most of us are still filling our paper cups with bad coffee. I’ve brought a plate of baked goods – last week, Stuart told me that the reason he keeps coming to Helping Hands isn’t for the grief counseling but for my butterscotch pecan muffins – and just as I am setting them down, Mrs. Dumbrowski shyly nods toward the urn she is holding. “This,” she tells me, “is Herb. Herbie, meet Sage. She’s the one I told you about, the baker.” ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

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We had 57 discussion questions from an online book guide. Wow! Too many!
by Deemann11 (see profile) 05/29/13

The motivations of the different important persons is a good topic of discussion. Whether Sage did
the right thing in the end. Why did the grandmother keep silent all those years. Do you think it was a
good idea? What are the implications of Sage's final acts?
by judycocherell (see profile) 05/22/13

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Book Club Recommendations

The Storyteller
by Deemann11 (see profile) 05/29/13
We were wanting to eat some of the cinnamon/ chocolate rolls baked in the story by the grandfather. So I checked with a Jewish friend who thought they might be Babka. I found a recipe for this tasty bread online and surprised the group with it for our dessert.

Member Reviews

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  "Great book club pick!"by Time_2_Read (see profile) 09/14/14

This is one of the few books the entire book club rated highly. It deals with difficult subjects but gives so much to discuss. Is assisting a suicide ever ok? What is forgiveness and who has the right... (read more)

 
  "The Storyteller"by liba-books (see profile) 09/13/13

I couldn't put it down.

 
  "Great discussion!"by NRPublicLibrary (see profile) 08/14/13

Everyone really liked this book and what a great discussion! There is an amazing moral and ethical dilemma told in a way that keeps you reading to find out what peoples choices will be. The back and forth... (read more)

 
  "Must Read"by Kristini426 (see profile) 06/19/13

An emotional story. Worth reading. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what would happen. Emotionally charged book.

 
  "the Storyteller"by book1club (see profile) 06/12/13

Kept me reading, I didn't want to put it down

 
  "The Storyteller"by generals70 (see profile) 06/12/13

 
  "The Storyteller"by ptisch (see profile) 06/11/13

Wonderfully written.

 
  "Gripping story of the Holocaust"by Staciele (see profile) 05/31/13

 
  "The Storyteller"by Deemann11 (see profile) 05/29/13

This book is very different from some of the "fluff" books Jodi Picoult has written. It is well writen and readable considering the difficult subject of the Holocaust. Our group enjoys historical fiction... (read more)

 
  "Good Read"by Hanneybook (see profile) 05/29/13

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