An astonishing novel of redemption and forgiveness from the internationally number 1 bestselling author
After befriending an old man in her town, Sage Singer is deeply shocked when he begs her for a terrible favour - until he shares his darkest secret with her.
In the latest novel from master storyteller, Jodi Picoult, she asks: can evil ever be forgiven? And can murder ever be justified?
Sage Singer is a young woman who has been damaged by her past. Her solitary night work as a baker allows her to hide from the world and focus her creative energies on the beautiful bread she bakes.
Yet she finds herself striking up an unlikely friendship. Josef Weber is a quiet, grandfatherly man, well respected in the community; everyone's favourite retired teacher and Little League coach.
One day he asks Sage for a favour: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses.
Then Josef tells her that he deserves to die - and why.
What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed horrendous acts ever truly redeem themselves? Is forgiveness yours to offer if you aren't the person who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - would it be murder, or justice?
About the Author
JODI PICOULT is the author of twenty novels. Her most recent, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home and House Rules, have all been number one on the Australian and New Zealand fiction bestseller lists. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
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A very moving storyline with fantastic characters. A must-read.
Having been disappointed with the last couple of books that Jodi Picoult had written, I was delighted to see this novel reminded me of why I was so impressed with her in the first place.
She has covered a difficult subject matter by using believable characters, genuine history and a story line that could be believed. Though dealing with the horror of the holocaust, and being graphic enough to make me cry, this book was still a story of hope.
The ending was interesting and the characters themselves have left me wondering what will happen next. I really enjoyed this book and would happily read it again.
'This is a powerful and riveting, sometimes gut-wrenching, read, in which the always compelling Picoult brings a fresh perspective to an oft-explored topic.'—Booklist
'Picoult is no stranger to tackling difficult issues. Her latest page-turner confronts the oft-explored subject of the Holocaust with skill, starkness, and tremendous sensitivity. The characters' stories are compelling, but the stellar storyteller here is Picoult, who braids the quartet of intersecting tales into a powerful allegory of loss, forgiveness, and the ultimate humanity of us all. Her myriad fans are in for satisfying doses of everything they've come to expect from her: compulsive readability, impeccable research, and a gut-wrenching Aha! of an ending.'—Library Journal (starred review)
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.555