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Music by Ellen Wilber ; lyrics by Jodi Picoult ; all songs performed by Ellen Wilber . Sing you home: a novel Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. the Information Desk how you can use NoveList to find your next great read! Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the. Sing You Home book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. After Zoe Baxter loses her baby, the only way she can find of copi.
Listen to the soundtrack with your book club members and discuss how the song choices reinforce or affect your reading. If you had to create a soundtrack for this book, what songs would you include? Explain your choices. Are there any songs or albums that remind you of a certain time or place in your life? Sing You Home is narrated by three different protagonists, each with their own unique voice and personality. Did this narrative device work for you as a reader? Why or why not? Change and metamorphosis are reoccurring ideas in Sing You Home.
In your opinion, which characters changed the most? Which characters remained the same? How would you describe periods of self-discovery and metamorphosis like those Zoe experiences? Do you think the story features any universal dating realities and relationship experiences that transcend different sexual orientations?
Explain your answer. Newkirk to discuss the detriment of same-sex parent households on children. Do you agree with her? Do you think the family structure ultimately created by Zoe, Vanessa, and Max is a healthy one?
Which points from either side did you find most compelling or convincing? Which points did you find most difficult to hear? Do you believe Pastor Clive practices what he preaches in the novel? Despite being about a very specific relationship and a unique court case, Sing You Home addresses universal themes and ideas regarding family, love, and acceptance.
Do you think this story reaches a wide audience, despite its unique specificities? Did you connect with the characters? Are there any subplots you wish the author had resolved or delved into more thoroughly?
Have life imitate art! Run a part of your discussion of Sing You Home as a court trial debate. Get the lowdown on the law. Bring some music therapy to your book club and create a group discussion soundtrack!
What made you decide to use multiple voices? Did you ever draft a version of the story told from one perspective? I would never have considered taking an issue as contentious as this one and giving only one side a chance to speak.
Overall, I liked it. Even though my review is mostly criticism, I really liked the book. Enough to give it four stars immediately after reading. In retrospect, perhaps it deserves less, but I will leave it as is. A solid Jodi Picoult. A good transitory novel for readers looking to get into Picoult, as well as a solid read for fans.
View all 26 comments. Mar 08, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: This story is slightly corny at times, but Jodi Picoult gets bonus points for guts. She's bound to get complaints from both sides of the arguments presented in the book.
There will be gay people who say she got things all wrong or trivialized them, and the hate-mongering, gay-bashing religious zealots will probably send her death threats.
All the common remarks and complaints about Picoult's novels are valid. They're formulaic, reductive, predictable, oversimplified, and they rely a little too h This story is slightly corny at times, but Jodi Picoult gets bonus points for guts. They're formulaic, reductive, predictable, oversimplified, and they rely a little too heavily on the emotional hook. BUT , she appeals to an audience that might not otherwise examine the topics she covers.
I give her credit for using her writing gifts to explore sensitive and timely concerns. She could easily choose instead to write fluffy, vapid chick lit and avoid the risk of being taken to task for her presentation of touchy subjects.
If you prefer not to attempt the more subtle and challenging literature addressing homosexuality, Sing You Home is a worthy choice. Picoult treats the issues with compassion and a welcome helping of hearty humor. The book is loaded with snappy quips and a lot of good jokes I can't wait to use. View all 7 comments. Sep 16, Jennine Jones rated it did not like it.
I decided that I would not finish this book. For now I am taking a vacation from Jodi. However, lately the books seem to be cookie cutter.
I feel a sense of deja vu when I read one and it is not a good thing. I was interested in the infertility issues as I suffered through many of the things she decribed, and I could relate to her description. I'm not particularly interested in lesbian relationship stories but was willing to take the trip with her I decided that I would not finish this book. I'm not particularly interested in lesbian relationship stories but was willing to take the trip with her because usually she gives you something to think about, and that is why I read, to explore life and other points of view.
What finally has turned me away from Ms. Picoult is her stereotyping of conservatives and Christians. I am not a particularly religious person, but certainly have many devout Christians among my family and friends.
I am a conservative. I have developed an aversion to reading books, watching movies or tv programs which portray conservatives as caricatures. This is not the first Picoult book which contained these stereotypes, but it will be the last because I just won't read them any more.
The tone of the book, which mimics the liberal view, is that conservative is synonymous with fundamentalist Christian, and that "those people" are stupid, ignorant, bigoted, well you get the drift. That portrayal is ignorant and bigoted. I believe Ms Picoult is a very good writer, who may have already written her best books and now is replicating them.
But I also believe she has serious issues with Conservatives and Christians, and unfortunately she has a loyal audience who will read and believe some of these wildly inaccurate descriptions. So sadly, I bid you adieu Jodi.
Feb 04, Halle rated it it was ok. I think I'm over the whole "important current social issue leads to big dramatic court case" format of Picoult's books.
View all 3 comments. Jan 07, Sara rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I hated this book, and I usually really enjoy Jodi Picoult. Few books have made me as angry as this one has. I am very socially liberal, but I felt like I was being force-fed social propaganda. I mean, seriously. But I wanted to read an engrossing novel, not feel like I'm about to sign a petition. Plus, the ending was a saccharine, overly-simplified joke, and there is no closure to the one client of Zoe's who we actually get to know.
All in all this was poorly written, and felt more like a vehicle for a social cause than a story. Oh, and anyone who gets married 5 months after they've lost a child to stillbirth, been left by their husband of 9 years, and had a hysterectomy for endometrial cancer is just an idiot, IMHO.
View 1 comment. Finished, and I have to say I was incredibly impressed by this one. I've found her last couple of books a tad slow to engage, but this one grabbed me by the throat from page one and never let go.
It has a lot of themes, but I thought she juggled them very well. I won't say more for fear of spoiling others' enjoyment, other than the unsurprising news that yes, there's a court scene but an extremely well done one This book introduced me to themes and ideas I've never really looked at before Finished, and I have to say I was incredibly impressed by this one.
This book introduced me to themes and ideas I've never really looked at before this closely, and it does it very bravely - some of the issues will really stay with me. Zoe's music therapy is a thread running through the book, and I found it quite fascinating: Not too long to go until you can all read it! View all 9 comments.
Dec 26, JuliaOrlando rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't know if enjoy is the right word to describe any of Picoults books, but I do like how she writes of hot-button topics in today's society and makes me think about those topics. After multiple attempts to have a child, Max and Zoe go their separate ways.
What follows is a court room battle over who gets custody of th I don't know if enjoy is the right word to describe any of Picoults books, but I do like how she writes of hot-button topics in today's society and makes me think about those topics. What follows is a court room battle over who gets custody of the embryos. Would my parents and friends be as accepting as Zoe's mom, or would they act as Vanessa's mom - unforgiving, disapproving and try to "turn" me back to a "proper" way of life?
I liked the way the author transitioned Zoe from marriage to Max then finding friendship and love with Vanessa. I think the way she wrote the breakdown of an opposite-sex marriage and the new-found love with a same-sex partner was very realistic IMO.
I personally don't really follow any particular religion, although I do have my own belief system. I don't think that Picoult singled out Evangelicals as any particular target, because IMO, there are churches, chapters, groups in ALL religions that have the same intolerant mind set as the group mentioned in her book.
It is extremely hypocritical that so many "Christians" preach the golden rule of love thy neighbor as you would love yourself; but what they really mean is love thy neighbor as you would love yourself, but only if that neighbor has the same POV, beliefs lifestyle that we do. On the other hand though, Zoe was just as intolerant and antagonistic of Reid and Liddy Max brother and sister-in-law as they were of her, and that was before Zoe started a relationship with Vanessa.
While I sympathize with Zoe's desire for a child; I guess that because I don't want children - I don't understand her willingness to risk everything to have one. I'm glad that, in the end, she was able to realize that were other options open for her and Vanessa as far as having children.
Dec 20, Suzanne rated it really liked it. Really intriguing story on the various definitions of what makes a family and the legal aspects and prejudices against same-sex couples. I really enjoyed this Picoult book. So far my Jodi Picoult phase is leaving me with the belief that this woman cannot write a bad book. Overall, just a huge I love this author and her stories! I was about two thirds of the way through Sing You Home, and I was becoming agitated, thinking it was spoiling my reading experience.
I was really annoyed! This was a good thing on reflection though, it meant Ms Piccoult drew me in and created strong strong feelings. I wanted the characters to do certain things, I needed them to! The zealous evangelistic theme was driving me nuts, but now I realise I was rushing and being impatient.
I'm like that sometimes. Partners for life, Zoe and Vanessa hav I was about two thirds of the way through Sing You Home, and I was becoming agitated, thinking it was spoiling my reading experience. Partners for life, Zoe and Vanessa have a huge struggle ahead of them, part of which is facing the intimidating Church of Eternal Glory in a legal battle, fighting for something that they should never have to be fighting for, in my little opinion!!
This book covers sensitive issues that encompasses the church, bigotry and all matters in between. The kind of things, if you're anything like me, that make you jump up and down and get drawn in.
Just don't be like me and be impatient. Probably just a tad disappointed that I didn't 'feel' the passion between Zoe and Vanessa, but that might have just been me. I wonder what others think of that? The music point of view was amazing, coming from the most 'unmusical' person in existence. The work from this point of view was amazing and the team that the author collaborated with are to be commended, leaving me to think the musical theme combined with story was fantastic.
Musically minded people would appreciate and get it more than me. Fans of Jodie Piccoult won't be disappointed, I haven't read a novel of hers for some time and it was nice to come back. I fully recommend this book. Mar 27, Annie rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Poorly written, cheesy, melodramatic, and ultimately rushed and contrived. I found the characters to be caricatures rather than fully developed and interesting. Their motives seemed to be more in keeping with the ultimate agenda of the novel. I found the ending to be rushed and forced. I'm confused about the character of Lucy. Why would this troubled girl, who seemingly had a difficult relationship with her step-father was it just me who thought that it was implied that there was some type of a Poorly written, cheesy, melodramatic, and ultimately rushed and contrived.
Why would this troubled girl, who seemingly had a difficult relationship with her step-father was it just me who thought that it was implied that there was some type of abusive relationship with Clive? What happened with that whole story line? Also, what's the deal with Liddie and Max? We're to assume they ended up together? That doesn't seem in keeping with the characters that were sketched out throughout the novel.
I also found the alcoholism story line to be contrived and rushed. And speaking of rushed, the whole divorce between Max and Zoe was odd. He didn't want a baby odd in and of itself considering their whole journey up to that point , so he goes straight to divorce? I had looked forward to a touching story and instead found that Picoult is still using her same cookie cutter mold approach to novel writing. I don't know why I keep reading her books, besides the fact that I keep hoping she'll go back to writing like she did with her first novelsinstead of churning out books that are obviously just written for commercial success.
Disappointing because she has so much potential to be a truly good writer. Instead she goes with her same tired old formula. Mar 13, Mmtimes4 rated it did not like it. Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true — she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare — one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max.
When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family, again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max.
Are embryos people or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption?
What happens when religion and sexual orientation — two issues that are supposed to be justice-blind — enter the courtroom? I have read almost all of Jodi Picoult's books. I admire that she takes on a controversial social issue, but I have felt in her other novels she left the story open for each reader to form their own opinion and you weren't quite sure where she stood on the issue. This novel does not do that. It is very clear how she stands, she clearly favored one side over the other and painted a very harsh opinion of Christians and the values they base their life on.
I also felt that she finished the story in the Epilogue taking one character completely out of their beliefs and made it unbelievable. It made me sad that one of my favorite authors would write such an opinioned novel realizing she would offend at least some of her readers.
Apr 16, Ally Marie rated it liked it. I have high expectations for her books because I loved House Rules, Change of Heart and Handle With Care and the can't-turn-the-pages-fast-enough-feeling from reading those books. I was disappointed because I found the storyline to be very predictable and hoped for a shocking ending with unexpected twists and turns throughout. I don't want to post spoilers, so I will just say that: I also didn't find it very realistic for someone recently divorced to get married again after only 5 months of being in a new relationship.
I did enjoy Zoe's mother being very unique and reading the music therapy sessions Zoe had with her clients. The struggles of infertility and strain on couples relationships was well-written. I really enjoy Picoult's writing style and the story being told from different characters point of view. I will continue to read her novels and look forward to her next release Lone Wolf!
View 2 comments. Feb 19, Arlene rated it really liked it Shelves: With her upcoming release Sing You Home , Picoult plays on her strengths as a writer and provides her readers, once again, with a book that presents some hard hitting controversial topics, a compelling argument for both sides, and a courtroom brawl that has her audience wavering back and forth between both sides of the issue.
In Sing You Home Max and Zoe Baxter have been married for close to ten years; and for the past nine years they have experienced multiple miscarriages and failed IVF attempts. But when Zoe finally finds herself seven months pregnant, they suffer a heartbreaking event, and she and Max are faced with the emotional devastation of picking up the pieces and trying to figure out how to move on. They go their separate ways, and Zoe soon finds herself in a same-sex relationship where she and her partner are hoping to start a family with the embryos that remained frozen after her marriage with Max.
The story is told from the alternating perspective of the following characters: Zoe Baxter: She works at senior centers with patients with dementia; in burn units with children who are having dressings changed; or schools with autistic kids. Max Baxter: Vanessa Shaw: These three people fight for the right to decide what should happen to the pre-born children that Zoe and Max created while married, and how that decision is influenced by a same sex relationship Max does not agree with.
The issues in this book raise the following questions: Does religion hold a place in the American judicial system? After a witness swears on the Bible during a court case, where do biblical references fit in a courtroom argument?
Do they fit at all? Snippets from Leviticus and other Bible verses form the foundation of their anti-gay platform; although similar literal readings should require these people to abstain from playing football touching pigskin or eating shrimp scampi no shellfish. When I asked Focus on the Family if the Bible needs to be taken in a more historical context, I was told absolutely not — the word of God is the word of God.
That circular logic was most heartbreaking when I brought up the topic of hate crimes. Focus on the Family insists that they love the sinner, just not the sin — and only try to help homosexuals who are unhappy being gay. I worried aloud that this message might be misinterpreted by those who commit acts of violence against gays in the name of religion, and the woman I was interviewing burst into tears. My son Kyle, a brilliant, talented teenager, was applying to colleges while I was working on the book.
One day, he brought me his finished application to read. The essay was about being gay. Did I know Kyle was gay before he came out in his essay? But it was his discovery to make, and to share. My husband gave him a huge hug. Kyle is now a sophomore at Yale University — which has a thriving gay community and a culture of acceptance.
His boyfriend is a smart, sweet guy who has accompanied us on vacations and who makes my son incredibly happy. Still, it breaks my heart to know that, unlike Kyle, there are teenagers today who cannot come out to their parents because of deep-seated prejudice -- which is too often cloaked in the satin robes of religion. Gay teens are four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight teens.
I hope they are just as puzzled as I am now when I see old photos of racially segregated schools and water fountains, and I wonder how could it possibly have taken so long for this country to come to its senses? I hope the religious leaders of their generation focus on the best literal interpretation of their Bible: Love your neighbor as yourself. Why not opt for tolerance and kindness instead? She forces us to consider both sides of these hot topics with her trademark impeccable research, family dynamics, and courtroom drama.
Sure to be a hit with her myriad fans and keep the book clubs buzzing! Every life has a soundtrack. Name a song that brings back a memory of a time or place. Does it matter how much time has passed?
The author skillfully presents the struggle couples with fertility issues have with IVF. Have you had any experience with this? Any insights to share? After reading each chapter, listen to the corresponding track on the CD. Why is the ending of Sing You Home so poignant? Is his weak, or callous — or in any way justified? How has his experience of infertility and IVF affected him?
How do Max and Zoe differ in their handling of disappointment and grief? Pastor Clive seems to embody the very essence of fundamentalist religion. How does he make you feel? To what extent is there — and should there be — a separation of church and state? Do you think you could deal with Lucy? The author writes an excellent scene describing the intimacy between Zoe and Vanessa.
Had you thought about it in those terms? Zoe and Vanessa have different experiences when they come out to their mothers.
Max struggles with his new religious belief when Liddy miscarries again. Do you understand his struggle? How would you handle the conflict? Max takes Pauline with him to talk to Zoe.
The author really gets to the crux of the issue when Vanessa speaks up. In your opinion, who most deserves the embryos: Max or Zoe?
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Is Zoe right to not say anything? There are several groups of spectators in the courtroom on the opening day. With which group would you be sitting? Why is this important? What happens between Max and Liddy? Are you surprised?
Pastor Cline uses the Bible during his testimony and Angela uses it to contradict him. Do you believe, as Clive does, that what is in the Bible is immutable? If so, why? If not, why not?
Why does Lucy tackle Pastor Clive? What does Zoe reveal in the ensuing conversation with Lucy? How does Lucy react? The thing you hope no one finds out about you-because of all the negative assumptions that are sure to follow. Both Zoe and Vanessa have secrets in their pasts. Are the secrets relevant to their relationship? To the trial? Were you surprised? Do you think she outed Zoe? The decision of who gets the embryos is made.
What do you believe constitutes a family, a good parent? Has your opinion changed in any way about gay rights as a result of reading this book? If so, how? They are gobbled up quickly and the readers want more. Sing You Home You have to admire Picoult's grace under pressure. By throwing us into these debates she gives her readers the gift of faith in a higher justice — not the law, God or modern medicine but human goodness. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage and the ability of these couples to raise children, you cannot help but be compelled by the desires of Zoe, Max and Vanessa.
The court case and its outcome is continuously unpredictable and will have readers glued to their chairs right up to the startling conclusion. While Zoe continues to thrum her healing notes on the cello as a music therapist, she finds love with another woman. Still obsessed with having a child, though close to penniless at 40, she asks Max for the right to implant her partner with their remaining frozen embryos. The novel puts it to a judge to determine where justice lies, but really the decision is rendered by Picoult, once again making the case for human kindness.
This time Picoult tackles two provocative issues— infertility and gay marriage Gripping, powerful—and bound to be talked about.
I was playing with my favorite doll on the stone wall that bordered our driveway while he mowed the lawn. One minute he was mowing, and the next, he was face-first in the grass as the mower propelled itself in slow-motion down the hill of our backyard.
Sing You Home: A Novel
I thought at first he was sleeping, or playing a game. But when I crouched beside him on the lawn, his eyes were still open. Damp cut grass stuck to his forehead. When I think about that day, it is in slow motion. The mower, walking alone.
The carton of milk my mother was carrying when she ran outside, which dropped to the tarred driveway. The sound of round vowels as my mother screamed into the phone to give our address to the ambulance. The neighbor was an old woman whose couch smelled like pee. She offered me chocolate-covered peppermints that were so old the chocolate had turned white at the edges.
When her telephone rang I wandered into the backyard and crawled behind a row of hedges. In the soft mulch, I buried my doll and walked away. My mother never noticed that it was gone — but then, it barely seemed that she acknowledged my father being gone, either.
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She never cried.Name a song that brings back a memory of a time or place. The tragedy is the final nail in the coffin of her strained marriage, and she and Max divorce. Pastor Clive seems to embody the very essence of fundamentalist religion. What happened with that whole story line? I have come to the conclusion, that, IMO, Ms. I'm extremely disappointed in this book.
I'm not particularly interested in lesbian relationship stories but was willing to take the trip with her I decided that I would not finish this book. The optimist in me wants to believe sexuality will eventually become like handwriting: there's no right way or wrong way to do it.
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