I enjoyed learning about the Amish, but I neither liked nor understood why Picoult felt the need to write about paranormal activity in her storyline.I enjoyed learning about the Amish, but I neither liked nor understood why Picoult felt the need to write about paranormal activity in her storyline. What the heck was up with all that ka-ka about Katie's sister anyway? It didn't make any sense....more
I was really disappointed with Handle with Care. I got right into it at the beginning, only to discover that it echoed My Sister's Keeper in too manyI was really disappointed with Handle with Care. I got right into it at the beginning, only to discover that it echoed My Sister's Keeper in too many ways. The ending was especially terrible. Picoult has already done this once before. Couldn't she come up with anything better? ...more
Is there any controversial topic that Jodi Picoult won't tackle? Picoult is one of my favorite authors, but one of my chief complaints about her writiIs there any controversial topic that Jodi Picoult won't tackle? Picoult is one of my favorite authors, but one of my chief complaints about her writing style is that she usually includes these big, sweeping passages in all of her novels that tend to get a little irritating.
Well, she's obviously changed tactics with The Storyteller. I thought she did a fantastic job of writing about the Holocaust, and she did so in a very unusual way. The story begins with Sage, a young woman absorbed by her mother's death in a terrible car accident, leaving her with a disfiguring facial scar. She withdraws from her family and friends and hides behind a curtain of hair. A talented baker, Sage works at a bakery on the evening shift, which allows her to stay hidden from the public eye. Eventually she ends up befriending an elderly man named Josef Weber. The two get along famously until Josef asks Sage for her help and reveals that he is a Nazi War Criminal with a horrific past. To add to the confusion, Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust death camp survivor, and although Sage doesn't identify with herself as Jewish, she is incredibly torn on how to handle the situation.
The storyline is rich and complex; Picoult really shows her skills as a masterful storyteller here. Throughout the novel, a secondary fictional story written by Sage's grandmother echoes Sage's own reality. It also illustrates the connection between Sage's grandmother and Josef Weber.
I think this is one of her best books, simply because it's so different from her other novels. The subject matter is difficult to read at times, but it also really opened my eyes to the atrocities of the Holocaust. So much time has passed since Hitler's Third Reich that I am ashamed to admit I haven't really given it much thought. The Storyteller is a terrific story that reminds us that we shouldn't ever forget.
Although Picoult doesn't normally write historical fiction, I hope with all my heart that she will continue on this trend on tackle other important dates in time. We would all certainly benefit from it....more
I like Jodi Picoult because she writes about tough topics in a way that really get to the heart of the issue. Some readers call her writing a bit formI like Jodi Picoult because she writes about tough topics in a way that really get to the heart of the issue. Some readers call her writing a bit formulaic, and I agree with them, but that's also what makes her stories so good and so readable.
Lone Wolf is about a man who has been obsessed with wolves for most of his life. He understands wolves so well that he integrates into a wolf pack in captivity. Then he disappears into the deep woods of Quebec, Canada, where he lives with a wild wolf pack for almost two years.
When Luke Warren is with his wolves, nothing else exists for him. He feels most comfortable when he's with his pack, while his relationship with his own family suffers. Luke's ex-wife and son Edwards don't have much contact with Luke anymore, but his daughter Cara understands him like no one else can.
When Cara and Luke are in a horrible car accident, Luke's family is drawn back together once more. It will be a miracle if Luke recovers from his injuries. While Cara believes her father will get better, Edward wants to honor his father's wishes and lay him to rest. Will Cara and Edward's battle against one another bring them closer together or will it push them further apart?