I nearly made the decision to leave this blog alone and not write any more reviews. However, The Storyteller was amazing enough to bring me back from the brink. Having never read anything by Picoult before, I was unsure of what to expect. However, what I didn’t expect was a novel that I almost couldn’t put down. I read before bed each night, since I lack free time during the day, and most nights while reading this, I would fall asleep on my Kindle, not even putting it away for the night, but instead reading until I literally passed out.
Sage Singer is a baker who rides the fine line of being a recluse while still holding down a job. She is a young, lovely, sad character, with so many bad experiences that it’s no wonder she chooses to work the overnight shift, where she can be alone and bring her creations to life. Still reeling over the death of her mother, she joins a grief support group.
Josef Weber is, by all appearances, a lonely, elderly man who attends the same support group after losing his wife.
Despite the odds, Sage and Josef being a strange friendship when he begins to come in nearly every day to the diner where she works. The two become extremely close, and things get complicated.
What does one do when the best friend you’ve ever had confesses a secret that not only horrifies you, but you also find out that it directly affected your family? Was it by chance that the two met, or was it predetermined by Weber?
Once Weber confesses to Sage, he asks nothing of her but a favor and forgiveness. Should she grant him the favor, it will for ever change who she is as a person, and could also lead to legal consequences. Should she deny him, he must live out his days in misery.
Picoult weaves an intricate tale involving multiple story lines. That of Sage and Josef, Josef as a child and eventually an adult, Sage’s grandmother’s experience growing up and eventually winding up in Auschwitz, and a fairy tale that Sage’s grandmother wrote in order to get her through the difficult times.
As I stated at the beginning, I could not put this book down. It is extremely well written with more than a few gasp-worthy moments, and I won’t deny that I even shed a few tears at times.
If you’ve ever been fascinated by the Holocaust, or just love a good historical fiction, look no further, for this book is a treasure.