“The Storyteller”, by Jodi Piccoult

Overall Rating: 5/5

Read it, or save your time?  A historical fiction piece centered around the Holocaust, Piccoult once again proves she not only grasps the seriousness of the matters she writes about, but that she puts in the time and effort to extensively research them as well.  One of my all-time favorites.

What’s it about?  Sage Singer, a baker who keeps to herself and doesn’t have much of a personal life, develops an unlikely friendship with an old man, Josef Weber, an upstanding member of the community and former little league coach. One day, rather unexpectedly, he asks her to kill him, saying he was a former SS officer who committed unspeakable crimes.  As Josef takes her back in time and tells her his story,  Sage, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, is forced to make an impossible decision: does one forgive, or should justice prevail?

Reviewer’s Note:  Flipping between the past and the present, this often gut-wrenching, poignant tale will keep you up late at night.



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