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The Storyteller
The Storyteller
Author: Jodi Picoult
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439102770
ISBN-10: 1439102775
Publication Date: 11/5/2013
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 100 ratings
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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TarynC avatar reviewed The Storyteller on + 213 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Jodi needed a better editor with this book. Her holocaust story was gripping and well done. The modern day story was filled with unnecessary characters that detracted from the main theme. The fable was really silly and unnecessary as well. All in all an interesting read, well researched and written, but not well edited. I believe that when authors become really famous and prolific they start to sacrifice quality for quantity and perhaps their editors have less influence. I think in Jodi's case she fits this bill. She still writes well and tackles interesting subjects, but many of her books seem to have storylines "borrowed" from other books. I truly wish she would slow down and put more effort into each book rather than just churning them out.
reviewed The Storyteller on + 329 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Oh my goodness, did I ever enjoy this book. Jodi Picoult can really tell a story. I read this book until all hours of the night. It is powerful, riveting, sad, but a great great read. Of Course the Holocaust was a very very sad time in our countries history but this story portrayed it especially well. I can't say enough about it. I thought about it for days afterwards and am finding my next book hard to get into to.
pandagirl avatar reviewed The Storyteller on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I was really impressed with the way that Jodi Picoult is able to connect stories from World War II/Holocaust with the present day. She explores topics in this novel like justice, faith forgiveness, peer pressure, and family loyalty.
bulldoglover22 avatar reviewed The Storyteller on + 105 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Jodi Picoult is an extraordinary author who I feel is in a class of her very own. Her thought provoking topics are thoroughly researched - The Storyteller is no exception. I have read many books which incorporate the tragedy of the Holocaust - the details of this horrific period of time are nothing but devastating and disturbing. In my opinion, it will always be difficult to grasp just how inhumane the Jews were treated. On the other hand, it is amazing to read about the strong will of those who endured the wrath of the Germans and the things they did in order to get through each and every unbearable day. This story is not only about the Holocaust but the power of love, forgiveness, friendships and so much more. Amazing book. Very difficult to put down.
megt avatar reviewed The Storyteller on + 178 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I hated the first half of this book but I did stick it out. It got a little better, I guessed the ending half way but I enjoyed Minka's story, while it was hard to hear at times. NOT the best Holocaust fiction book ever, and I don't know if I would recommend this book to friends. Picoult is over rated if you ask me.
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reading-galore avatar reviewed The Storyteller on + 115 more book reviews
This Jodi Picoult novel flips back and forth between World War II and modern times. Sage, a baker, is the granddaughter of Minka (the storyteller) previously imprisoned at Auschwitz. Sage meets a man who confesses to having been a Nazi at Auschwitz, asks her to forgive him for his crimes and to kill him. She is conflicted about doing either and instead turns to the FBI for help. There is a lot of content about Auschwitz and what it was like to be Jewish at that time. I was caught up in the twists and turns of this story and enjoyed thinking about all the ethical decisions that Sage had to make along the way.


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