Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book 13 (2011): Sing You Home

Jodi Picoult's latest has the traditional controversial issue and a culmination court case with a twist ending.

I figured out the twist ending about 200 pages from the end.

Zoe Baxter wants a baby and has miscarriage after miscarriage. After her last pregnancy ends tragically, she and her husband, Max, divorce. She meets a woman at work and their friendship blooms into romance. After Zoe and Vanessa marry, Zoe decides she wants a child with Vanessa and seeks custody of her fertilized embryos.

Max, a recovering alcoholic, falls off the wagon and after a near death experience, he gets religion and becomes involved in a zealot like congregation. The pastor of that church seeks fame and, pulling Max into the limelight, the story focuses on gay rights as Max and Zoe go to court to fight for the custody of the embryos.

Interesting story and well written as Picoult's novels are.

Zoe is a music therapist and I love how that was woven into the tale. That was one of the best parts of the book for me.

And because of Zoe's occupation, this book came with a CD. I have to admit I didn't even listen to it- I don't have a CD player and each time I thought about it I was in bed and my computer was downstairs... I do plan on listening to it at work this week!

(466 pages)