Every Fourth Friday of a month I will post a book review. Sometimes it will be a book I read years ago, other times I will have just turned the last page of the novel and feel like writing a review about it.
My 10-year-old daughter checked out a biography from her school library the other day that was the story of an Auschwitz survivor. That book made me think of Jodi Picoult’s novel The Storyteller, so that is why I chose it for May’s Fourth Friday Book Review.
I read this book four years ago, and it is one of four books I have read by Jodi Picoult. I gave it “5 Stars” on GoodReads, which they say means, “It’s amazing.” Yup. That pretty much sums up what I think about this novel!
My Review of The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult:
Jodi Picoult’s writing in this novel is phenomenal, just like it was in another of my favs she wrote, My Sister’s Keeper. It is definitely a tie now for my favorite author between Picoult and Anita Shreve!
Reading The Storyteller will give you the same disturbing feeling as seeing the movie Schindler’s List did. You’ll shake your head as you read about the horrific events surrounding the account of character Minka’s time at Auschwitz. Even though I’ve read/seen many things about the Holocaust, the tragedies that occurred during World War II are really brought home due to author Picoult’s extraordinary talent at making a reader intensely feel each emotion of the characters in her novel.
What makes The Storyteller extra exceptional though is the main issue of this book. Minka’s 20-something-year-old granddaughter Sage faces a huge moral dilemma when character Josef walks into the bakery where Sage works making bread and pastries. Josef tells a secret to Sage, and then he asks her for a favor beyond all favors.
Sage wrestles between what she feels is right and wrong all throughout the novel, and which path to take regarding Josef. At end of the book, Sage’s decision might still leave readers questioning if her actions were admirable or appalling.