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The Storyteller - Book Review

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by Ron Dickman (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published March 7th 2013

Another gem to add to the ever growing list of titles that acclaimed authoress, Jodi Picoult, holds under her belt. Always having a finger on the pulse of hot topics that are bound to get you thinking and feeling, it's no wonder many of her novels debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

In her latest, "The Storyteller", we discover that the past doesn't always stay where it belongs...

Sage Singer isn't running from someone. She's running from everyone. After the tragic death of her mother and being left disfigured herself, she hides herself away from the world. Working the late night shift at her local bakery, she barely has a friend to her name and she's more than happy to keep it that way.

Still grieving over her mother, she attends group grief counselling and that's where she meets Josef. Although they're completely at opposite ends of the age spectrum they become fast friends. Until Josef's bombshell confession threatens to unhinge it all. Admitting a far from innocent past, he begs to pay his dues-with his own life and, he needs Sage to help him do it.

Photo courtesy of Jodi Picoult's facebook page

In her trademark style, with each chapter focusing on one character, their thoughts and feelings, Jodi poses many questions, sheds many a light on a topic most of us have luckily never had to have been faced with-genocide.

After every one of Jodi's novels, I find myself emotionally drained but thankful for having my mind expanded and reminded that I feel. Not only does she bring to light issues society often find difficult to breach, she forces us to answer the hard hitting questions within ourselves. How far would we truly go to do what's right?
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