Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult
Published by Allen & Unwin RRP: $32.99
Anna from Shesaid Says:
It’s a no brainer for me to pick up the latest Jodi Picoult, not read any synopsis and shut the door. So it was no surprise that I did the same when her latest offering hit the shelves. Sing You Home is a page turning story narrated by 3 central characters. Starting with Zoe Baxter, the book takes us through a life changing journey between her, her ex-husband Max and her new partner, Vanessa. Zoe is desperate for a child, after a spate of unsuccessful attempts and devastatingly, a 28 week miscarriage, her husband decides he is not desperate for a child and files for divorce.
Enter Vanessa, a woman who becomes friendly with Zoe through her work (music therapist). Zoe and Vanessa discover feelings for each other that are less to do with their sex than their personalities – they fall in love with each other as people. “You can’t choose who you love” is a theme that runs through this book, right to the end. Max falls back into his alcoholic past and moves in with his brother and his wife, who are devout worshipers of the Eternal Glory Church. Through them and with the help of the Evangelical minister he is soon wearing black skinny ties on the weekend and sprouting chapter and verse about the evils of homosexuality. The mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and Vanessa approach him for permission to use Zoe’s frozen embryo’s to raise a child.
Picoult approaches provocative issues – infertility, gay marriage, religious tolerance and does it without judgement, and from many perspectives. This is another great Picoult book to read with your book club. Check out Jodi Picoult’s web page and follow the links to Sing You Home. She shares her inspiration for writing this book – you will get goosebumps! Enjoy!
Have you read Sing You Home – what did you think?