Jodi Picoult is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The Storyteller is the third book of her’s that I’ve read this year. And each one has sucked me into the lives of it’s characters. I don’t want to leave them.
In The Storyteller, Sage Singer and Josef Weber meet at grief counseling. She is mourning the death of her mother. He is mourning the loss of his wife. Sage is in her 20’s. Josef is in his 90’s. But in spite of their age differences, they quickly become friends.
Sage works as a baker, mostly so she hide from the world, so her new found friendship with Josef brings a lot of joy to her life. That is until, Josef confides in her his terrible secret. Josef was a Nazi in World War II. And as the daughter of a Jewish Family, he wants Sage to forgive him and help him end his life.
We follow along as Sage deals with the moral dilemma that Josef has presented her with. And The Storyteller raises so many questions – If she kills him, is it really mercy? Or will that make her as evil as he is? Can someone who has done something so evil really change who they are?
We also see Sage reconnect with her grandmother, Minka, a survivor of Auschwitz. Minka has many stories of her own to tell, and these were some of my favorite parts of the book. They were also some of the hardest to read.
The ending surprised me. Which is another reason I love Jodi Picoult’s books. I never know what to expect.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Storyteller and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good, thought-provoking read.
Have you read The Storyteller? What are your thoughts? Are you a Jodi Picoult fan? Which book of her’s should I read next?