The Storyteller (Prebound)
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Jodi always tells a good story and this is one of her best in years. The
eponymous storyteller is a Holocaust survivor, living in the same small town in
New Hampshire as a former Nazi SS officer. The officer has changed his name but
he can't change his past. This is only the main storyline - there are many more
including a story inside the story. The ending is completely unpredictable - I
didn't guess it
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.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shame-ful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With 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. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.