A Review of The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Sage Singer has built a wall around herself. She works as a baker which allows her to work alone, at night, when she will not have to interact with anyone. She has pushed everyone, even her family, to the perimeters of her world. She bears physical and emotional scars from a mysterious occurrence in her past.
Sage develops a friendship with an elderly man who frequents the bakery with his dog. Josef is a beloved pillar of the community, known for volunteering to help with Little League and teaching generations of local youth, but he seems to need Sage's friendship as much as she needs his.
When Josef reveals to Sage that he was an SS officer, she begins to examine her feeling about her religion, which she has abandoned. Her grandmother, a concentration camp survivor, has never spoken of her past. Through he grandmother, Sage attempts to learn more about a heritage she has never acknowledged.
Josef has asked Sage for a favor, and she must confront her own past as well as his as she decides what to do.
As with all Picoult novels, the story is more deep than it might first appear and large issues are examined. This novel is almost impossible to put down. I highly recommend The Storyteller.