Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices
Songs of the Humpback Whale A Novel in Five Voices Author:Jodi Picoult 'This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it.' - Publishers Weekly Jane had always lived in somebody's shadow. Escaping a childhood of abuse by marrying oceanographer Oliver Jones, she finds herself taking second place to his increasingly successful career. However, when... more » her daughter Rebecca is similarly treated, Jane's dramatic stand takes them all by surprise. Leaving Oliver and his whale tapes behind in San Diego, Jane and Rebecca set out to drive across America to Uncle Joley and the sanctuary of the Massachusetts apple orchard where he works. Joley directs Jane across the United States in a series of letters waiting for her in designated post offices. Each letter gives concise directions to the next post office; each letter provides Jane with a chance to reflect on her forgotten past. Oliver, used to tracking male humpback whales across vast oceans, now has the task of tracking his wife across a continent. To do so he must learn to see the world - and even himself - through her eyes. Jodi Picoult's bestselling and widely acclaimed novels include Second Glance, Perfect Match,« less
Another fantastic read by Jodi Picoult. Based on the description, I wasn't looking forward to it as much as some of her others, but as usual, she did not disappoint. Her writing style is phenomenal. By far my favorite author.
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Helpful Score: 3
I'm glad this was not my first encounter with Jodi Picoult because it would have been my last. I've read some of her other work and have always been impressed but not this time--I dragged myself through to the end. I found none of the characters to be endearing...the mother was childish, the teenage daughter too precocious, the husband/father a jerk, etc., etc. The relationship between Jane and her brother was somewhat unsettling to me. I wouldn't recommend this book to be your first step into the multi voiced novels of Picoult.