The Storyteller

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult Book Summary

An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from the “amazingly talented writer” (HuffPost) and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

Some stories live forever...

Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shame­ful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.

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- Amazing Story5 star

This is my favorite book from Picoult so far. I would encourage anyone to read it. I couldn’t put it down. It’s been a couple of years since I read it and I’m itching to reread it.

- Once again, a riveting story told by a master storyteller5 star

Just having finished The Storyteller, I’m wondering if there’s another book of Jodi’s to read. I think I’ve read them all. I’ll be waiting anxiously for her next book

- Must read!5 star

I was so amazed at the stories from the grandmother then to find out that they were something that someone had actually gone through just amazed me. She is so dedicated to giving valid information in her books it makes reading them that much better.

- Compelling reading5 star

Truly enjoyed reading this compelling book. I was captivated from the begin. The story teller won’t disappoint the reader.

- Great blending5 star

Multiple stories in one. The grandmother's, the story the grandmother writes, Sage's, Leo's, and the two brothers'. 6 different voices and perspectives, 2 completely different stories all blended so carefully and masterfully to make 3 different genres: Horror/Fantasy, Historical and Modern Romantic Mystery. Page turning, engrossing and thought provoking. Absolutely loved it.

- Not like her other books1 star

I expected a classic Jodi book but was disappointed. The horror of the holocaust is not what I wanted in a book from her. Very disappointed.

- One of my favs5 star

Such a good book kept me wanting to read more all the way to the end!

- stellar read5 star

By far my favorite book of all time. Picoult captivates readers in a series of point of view changes and a forever changing story. This is the kind of book that when you finish, you sit back, and stare at a ceiling for 3 days. Insanely good.c

- One of the best books I have ever read5 star

This book is the best book I have ever read on the holocaust. The way Jodi Picoult weaves the characters into the story and how they all become intertwined is absolutely amazing. You can't help but feel what Sage, the main character is going through. I kept asking myself, what would I do if I was Sage. I still don't have an answer.

- Wow5 star

Loved the book

- awesome5 star

this is the best book i read in 2014!

- Brilliant and moving!5 star

When they say a picture is worth 1000 words I declare this book to be worth 1000 pictures. This story is painted vividly and I could visualize the characters well enough to feel as if they are sitting in the room next to me, I must say that this story is significantly better than any realistic-fiction books I have read. It is written so beautifully that you can feel the hunger, smell the pastries, touch the fear. I highly recommend this book and commend Picoult for a wonderful read.

- Great read5 star

This book has so many details but it's a thriller. Can't put it down. Jodi had some it again.

- Riveting!5 star

I've never read a Jodi Picoult novel as fast as I read this one - I devoured it. Very well written with a tapestry of intertwining characters and plot twists - the last one was a total and perfect surprise. Having heard and spoken with a Holocaust survivor, I had her pictured as I read, which made it all the more real to me. This is a sensitive and thought-provoking story of one of the most horrid, cruel times in the last hundred years.

- Chocmid085 star

Seriously an amazing book! Worth the price! Jodi Picoult is an amazing author!

- Incredible5 star

This story has made laugh,sad cry happy and cring... Bravo Jodi !!! I cannot explain how intense this read was. I can't wait for the next... I am a huge fan of your writings.it keeps getting better every time I pick up anew book from her...😊😊👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️🙏

- I fell in love.5 star

The Storyteller was one of the best books I have ever read. The way she described the Holocaust from both the point of views of a Nazi and a survivor were just on point. Loved it.

- Flat and Stale1 star

I looked forward to reading this book as I have read many books surrounding the Jewish Holocaust (due to my family’s history) and there are so many well-written books on this topic. This book is probably the worst I have read in this genre. I wish I had not wasted my money (another benefit if I had gone to the library and checked the book out instead). First: The main character (Sage - which is ironic and would have been amusing had this book been a comedy) isn’t even likable. Her “woe is me” attitude is unbelievable given the context this book deals with the Holocaust. Second: The book is slow. Third: The friendship between Sage and Joseff doesn’t feel natural, nor believable due to the lack of substance. Fourth: The vision of Jesus in the bread loaf? Really, that was just plain silly. Lastly, the only good part of the book is Minka’s story and there is nothing new or fresh. It’s not written with feeling in my opinion. The book is just flat. This is the 2nd book of Picoult's that I've tried to read and I guess it boils down to the fact that I don't like her writing style so it’s time to move on. I seriously don't know how this book got so many 5-star ratings.

- Amazing story!5 star

I've never had the holocaust presented in such a realistic way. As usual Jodi weaves the past and present together with such amazing detail. Love all her books, this is my new favorite.

- The Storyteller5 star

Excellent book! I wished the author would not have ended the book without finishing the main character and her life. What happened to Sage? Does she move? What about Sage and Leo? What happens to them?

- Kept Me in Suspense5 star

I enjoyed this book. I found I could not stop reading. The graphic descriptions of WWII Poland and The concentration camp was difficult to read, but written beautifully. The ending was a surprise.

- Her worst1 star

The only one of hers I didn't finish -- and I have enthusiastically read them all. Very disappointing.

- Amazing5 star

Had me hooked from the being! Sometimes in tears & others smiling! I loved it! A must read!

- Just ok!3 star

I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult's but this book and the Lone Wolf have both been hard for me to get into the storyline. The Lone Wolf I trudged thru and finally ended her. This , The Storyteller ended up being good but it took so long to get to the meat of the story that I almost gave up! It ended up being a beautiful story.

- WOW!5 star

This novel captivated my attention from the beginning. Picoult had me laughing, crying and flipping the pages wondering what was going to happen next. She did a fascinating job describing the different angles of the human mind and conjuring the doppelgängers in all of us. possibly one of the best books i have ever read!

- Not what I expected4 star

Good book gave it four stars but very depressing! Not the ending I expected. It left me haunted.

- Amazing!5 star

Absolutely loved it! Page turner all the way through! Ending took me for a huge surprise! Must read for all Jodi Picoult fans!

- The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult5 star

This book was an amazingly realistic portrayal of one woman's experience in the Holocaust, as told by her granddaughter. As a child of Holocaust survivors myself, I could relate and connect to this book so much because it made me feel as if I was in the Lodz ghetto and experiencing the daily terror of Auschwitz when children were senselessly killed and innocent men and women were brutalized. I loved the way the author Jodi Piccoult interleaved the contrasting German Nazi's perspective on becoming an SS Officer with the perspective of a Holocaust survivor. Though this book is fiction, it is based on truth and is a very vivid portrayal of a hellish time in history, and yet it touches the human element so sensitively. It also raises questions of morality, euthanasia, revenge, and survival. Love, friendship, trust and loyalty are recurring motifs throughout this novel. The ironic twists and turns also make this book so enjoyable. This is one of Jodi Piccoult's best books, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holocaust and it's impact on our world today.

- The Storyteller5 star

I've enjoyed all the Picoult books I've read, this one makes me want to find out so much more about that terrible time in our history.

- Awesome!5 star

I couldn't put this book down! The best book that I've read in a long time!

- Storyteller5 star

Incredible!! I couldn't stop reading it.

- The best!5 star

The best book I've read. It is thrilling, traumatizing and a page turner for sure! I started it on a 5 hour plane ride and read continuously for 4 hours. You would love it although I was sad reading about the torture at the camps. It reads like a history documentary but with strength and determination of a woman.

- The Storyteller5 star

As usual, I'm not disappointed by Jodi's newest novels. Amazing weave of fiction and non fiction into a new story. I love how Jodi takes topics in our society and makes you question yourself with moral issues and challenges your thoughts. Thank you!

- Her best book yet!5 star

Love all of her books. This one was above and beyond anything I could have imagined or asked for. A MUST read!

- The Storyteller5 star

The story is compelling and masterful. I found it a little difficult to understand at the beginning but then got hooked. I read it in two days. It is a haunting tale of evil and forgiveness.

- Awesome !!!!!5 star

Really enjoyed this book. !!!!!! Thank you for creating a wonderful story line, great characters, and an interesting 360 view. I was getting very bored of " same old, same old , drama mystery, detective story". I'll be reading more of your books.

- Great!5 star

Loved this book! For sure Picoult's best book. So different from her usual and so much better.

- Great book4 star

It was hard to get into this book at first, but I'm glad I stayed with it because it eventually grips you. It's so difficult to read about the atrocities of the Holocaust, but this book tells both sides of the story. The characters are well developed and unique...and the ending had an unexpected twist.

- Fascinating read5 star

I picked up The Storyteller and couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating read with all kinds of twists and turns. I cried many a time while reading this book. There were parts that were extremely hard to read without crying. The story within the story was amazing. I don't know how you wrote it because it is at times painful to read but I am so glad you did. Thank you Jodi.

- The Storyteller5 star

One of her best yet. Totally riveting. I read it in two or three days because I couldn't put it down.

- Good book/Long Chapters4 star

I enjoyed this book. The ending made everything worth it. However, many chapters were very long and I felt like it took me forever to finish the book. I kept having to put my bookmark in the middle of chapters. Like I said though, the ending made it all worth it.

- Loved it.5 star

It was a great read!!! i loved the characters and hearing their side to the story was fantastic. Would definitely recommend this book.

- Too lengthy2 star

I usually love Jodi Picoult books but this one left me a little disappointed. It is extremely well written and informative and really brings tears to your eyes when reading the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust. At the same time- it is too drawn out and long and some of the story lines that come together at the end could have been omitted. All in all it is a good read but I skipped entire chapters- would have been better if a little shorter.

- Not as expected2 star

I've read all of Jodi's books and loved them all. I believe she is a brilliant author. This book, however, I was very disappointed in. Of course the subject in itself is heartbreaking, and I had a hard time even finishing the book. It was gruesome and disappointing.

- The Storyteller3 star

It was just "okay". Slow reading at times and unrealistic.

- Excellent!!!5 star

This is by far the best book that she has written! Absolutely wonderful, can not wait to see what she comes up with next!

- Storyteller4 star

I enjoyed the suspense of this story. So have only read two books by her, including this one and both have been good. I learned a great deal about the holocaust that I never knew and it was eye opening and I found myself wanting to learn more. I could have done without the fictional piece that was written by one of the characters, but in the end it came together.

- 😍5 star

This is the one of the best Jodi Picoult books I have read! (and I have read all but a few) It really made me think and I couldn't put it down!! I was sad when it was over! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

- Excellent5 star

This book was very hard to put down. Although, the Holocaust portion pulled at my heart, i had to know the ending. Jodi Piccoult is an excellent writer.

- Excellent5 star

I was sorry when the story ended it was so good hard to put done excellent on all levels

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- Great book!5 star

This book had me captivated so much so that I ended up baking my own challah bread for the first time so that I could imagine what minka was talking about. It is truly sad that there are people out there that don't believe this could have happened. Great book and sad that I've finished it

- The Storyteller5 star

Just like the rest of her works, totally enthralling!!! Can't wait for the next book.

- Fantastic book5 star

This is a fantastic book. Well written, engaging, emotional and educational. Thank you, Jodi.

- The Storyteller5 star

Very good intrigue and well plotted! Nice and smooth reading.

- storyteller1 star

A very thought provoking book by Jodi Picoult I have read all her books and found this one was painful due to her subject, I am old enough to remember WW11 and this was such a terrible nightmare for so many innocent people that a stark reminder should happen for those who do not remember. Well written but awful to remember.

- She does it again!4 star

Jodi Picoult writes another spellbinder book. One that you cannot put down. She weaves in and out of characters and stories within stories. Make some tea, bake some bread and curl up with this one.

- Perhaps her best yet!5 star

Great engaging story!

- The storyteller5 star

This is one of the best book I have Read.

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- Love this author5 star

I have read a lot of Piccoult's books and this one was very good. Even as a fictional novel, the Holocaust parts of the story were difficult to read because you know those parts were based on facts. Still, an excellent read, and as always there is some twists!

- The Storyteller5 star

Fabulous book. I could not put it down. I bought it by accident when I hit the wrong button, but I am so glad I did! Now I want to get other books from this author.

- Another winner4 star

Picoult always manages to keep my interest. Her characters are well developed and there is always a meaty ethical dilemma to consider. Although I saw this plot twist well before it was revealed, the story still held my interest.

- Impeccable!5 star

Jodi is truly gifted! This may be my favorite of all her books (and yes, I've read them all!). Way to go!

- The Storyteller5 star

I've never taken the time to actually write a review before, but this story was impossible to put down. It sucked me in and made me feel as if I were actually there in the pages. Jodi Picoult is truly a wonderful "storyteller"! I loved it and it will haunt me for a long time. A great read!

- Outstanding5 star

Picoult has outdone herself with this book. I have read all of her books and this one, by far, is the best.

- Surprisingly good5 star

I must admit I am not a great fan of this author. I usually get a bit bored with her writing. However I purchased this book intrigued by the premise of forgiveness posed by Wiesenthal. And because of the reviews. So I offer my own agreement that it is hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters and the insight into how someone becomes a monster. The journey through the stages of isolation of the Jews and the interaction of the women as they struggled to survive was poetic. The ending...well done.

- Long2 star

Following 3 different story lines was a bit much. Very long and drawn out.

- The Storyteller5 star

This was my first time reading a book by this author. I have seen one of her books to movies. This book was phenomenal! Very good story. Loved the way the story was told from multiple perspectives... FANTASTIC STORY!!

- Kept me interested!5 star

I could not put this story down!! Jodi did a wonderful job with all the research and characters! She is my favorite author. Can't wait for her next book.

- The Storyteller5 star

Just awesome!

- Could not put it down!5 star

What an amazing read! I have always been fascinated by the Holocaust - as a teenager I read every book I could get my hands on. I love (and yet hate) the pictures she so vividly painted in my imagination. I loved the allegory she used throughout the story - very clever author. I look forward to experiencing more of her writings.

- Amazing5 star

This was truly a captivating novel. Like always, Picoult challenges your morals and your intellect. Somehow the plot was not restricted to the pages in the novel, it traveled with me every time I closed the book. As I was reading, I watched Holocaust videos, read about WWII, and translated several passages into German. I had become invested in the story. The ending will leave you craving more.

- BORING1 star

OMG! This was the WORST book I've read in years. The story dragged on and on...

- Spellbinding5 star

Story within story - very hard to put down. Amazing descriptions of places, people, emotions, and motives.

- Page turner4 star

Although not my favorite of Jodi's books, I still found myself staying up till the wee hours of the night rationalizing with myself "just one more chapter!" The character development and story line keeps you on the edge of your seat. I just wish the ending wasn't as abrupt as it was! I fell in love with the characters and desired more!

- Fabulous5 star

Although this books becomes a little dark, you can't put it down. It's definitely one that I would recommend to everyone.

- The Storyteller5 star

As a reader I was held captive the entire book. It makes you think of moralistic decisions you would make in your own life. It makes you think and understand how all characters thought and behaved under the worst of circumstances. I don't read books on this time period as they are too difficult. This one is different. Unless you read it you won't understand why. I thank the author for writing it and I am thankful I read it.

- Amazing Book5 star

I picked up this book simply because it was by Picoult, I had no idea I had picked up a holocaust story. I found my self unable to put it down, disappointed when it switched from one story to the next because I always wanted to know what happened next. One of the best books I have ever read! Picoult does an amazing job depicting scenes, as if she were actually there.

- The Storyteller5 star

This is an amazing book! Jodi immediately draws you into the story and captivates her audience. I could not put the book down. The history behind her writing is interesting and disturbing. It is hard to imagine the inhumane treatment that repeatedly occurred to the Jews. We must never forget. Thank you for making it come alive. I felt like I was there with the characters. I highly recommend this book. I plan to read more of the history. Thank you for the references.

- The Storyteller5 star

This was by far my favorite book by this author. I could not put it down, as it made me question life as we know it. The characters were rich and the story revealed history to me much in the way, the book Unbroken did.

- Amazing5 star

I loved this book so much. I found it to be one of Jodi Picoult's best stories. I could not put the book down for days. Highly suggest reading.

- What a story...5 star

This was a great story is all I can say. I don't read much fiction but I've been deep into this book since the first chapter. I love the history mixed with today. I highly recommend.

- Amazing story!5 star

I can't say enough about this book. I am truly amazed at the talent she displays throughout the book. A must read!!!

- Couldn't put it down5 star

One of the best Jodi Picoult has written!

- Captivating Read5 star

Fascinating book. Jodi Picoult does it again! I couldn't put it down. Great fiction and impressive historical read as well. Loved it.

- The Storyteller5 star

Beautifully written story that grabs you from the first page and holds you till the last page.

- The Storyteller5 star

A great story and a wonderful read. I could not put it down! I love Jodi Piccoult and am never disappointed in her books. I highly recommend the book!

- The Storyteller5 star

A great book that was a bit slow at the start but then kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. The historical perspective of the Holocaust left me so saddened because it became so much more real. Definitely a must read!

- Another great one5 star

I have read every one of Jodi's books and she did not disappoint me, although the end was a bit unexpected, but not in a great way, as we are used to. Still worthy of 5 stars.

- Amazing5 star

I have read so many books that I forget about most of them. This one I will never forget. I read it in one day...I could not put it down. I have read all of her books and this one is by far her best. I highly recommend everyone read this.

- The Storyteller5 star

One of her very best! Very thought provoking and captivating. Would highly recommend.

- Never disappoints4 star

Jodi Picoult never disappoints! I'm not sure that Sage's mother's death means anything in the overall scheme of the book, but it was a great story by a great story teller.

- Awesome Book!!5 star

I love all of her work but this.....this surpasses it all......so amazing and gripping.....it's a must read!!!!

- Couldn't stop reading5 star

Mrs. Picoult gives us characters that most of us would automatically hate, without consideration. She makes us look deeper into each human being and gives us a glimpse into the whole person. She makes her readers see the world differently than we did before. She is truly gifted.

- The Storyteller5 star

Amazing. Excellent writing.

- Excellent!5 star

Very different than her other stories but just as gripping and poignant, if not more so because its based on real events of the Holocaust. Difficult to read at times because of this but worth the sadness. Character development is great as always. The end was not what I expected but not a dreaded cliffhanger with no real story finality or an implausible one. It's actually multiple stories in one and can be challenging at times, until at least you understand the format and story lines, to follow. It's also long but not too much so. It was a nice surprise from her past few novels, both for its content and the storyline intensity. Read it!

- Great Book5 star

Fantastic book amazing how people can be so evil.

- Loved!5 star

Another great Jodi Picoult novel. I thought this one was a little different than her usual form, which made me love it more.

- The Storyteller5 star

In one word, an extraordinary book. I am a Jodi Picoult "fan" but have not loved or even liked all of her novels. This one was a departure -- it did not, per se, present a core ethical issue, but a myriad of them. The core was obviously the era and impact of the Holocaust, written in remarkable detail, and the gut wrenching stories of its participants. I have visited Yad Vashem in Israel a number of times and also have met a number if Holocaust survivors. As such, I am familiar with this tragedy and horror of human cruelty. But this perspective, and the human lives shaped by it, and further in the context of Minka's novel, was as complete a reading experience as I have ever had. Thank you Jodi. Arnie Reiter

- Amazing5 star

As always, I live her work!

- The storyteller5 star

I loved this book !! She weaves a great story.

- Unlike any other Jodi picoult book!!5 star

My favorite Jodi picoult book ever... What a beautiful story that gave me tears and and chills...3 stories in one...be patient as it is hard to follow at first but totally worth it (typical picoult) truly wonderful...amazing that these things happened to good loving people...enjoy!

- The Storyteller5 star

Jodi Picoult has taken a piece of almost forgotten history and reminded us of the moral lessons we must never forget: why we must forgive and whom. This is not a story read for entertainment...it is read to remember. The level of detail is staggering. Thank you, Ms. Picoult.

- Amazing5 star

I have read all of her book and this is by far my favorite. Really good!!

- The storyteller5 star

This authors books always instruct, perk the intellect, stroke the heart strings. This one does all of these and more. It has an element of mystery also. My favorite style. Read and never be the same after meeting and aquatinting with these characters. In some way these books of this author also make one wish to live life in a better way!

- Worth the read4 star

Although not my favorite Picoult, it was definitely a page turner and I enjoyed it. Her descriptions of concentration camps rival those of Elie Wiesel ("Night") who was actually a survivor. I also enjoyed the parallel of the story within the story.

- Loved it!5 star

This book captured me entirely. If a character was hungry I was that is how deep this book takes you. Enjoy.

- The Storyteller5 star

One of her best! I would like to see a movie version of this.

- Spellbinding5 star

Disturbing yet hopeful, I could not put it down. The Holocaust was never brought to life so intimately as in this story. Jodi Picoult always has me believing her characters could come to life.

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