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Start by marking “The Storyteller” as Want to Read: When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. The Storyteller is my second Jodi Picoult book. Book clubs, fans: enhance your experience of The Storyteller – try baking Minka's Challah or Roll recipes. Jodi chats with the BBC about The Storyteller. The Storyteller is the twentieth novel written by the author Jodi Picoult. Contents. 1 Plot; 2 . References[edit]. ^; ^; ^ " Published books by Jodi Picoult". Retrieved 28 March

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The Storyteller [Jodi Picoult] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from #1 New York . Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the New England Book . The Storyteller was in my opinion Jodie Picoult's best book. I could hardy put it down. It is a story that everyone needs to read. I have read a lot.

Sage Singer grandmother, Minka, is a holocaust survivor though Sage knows little of her story. When Sage grieves the loss of her mother in a bereavement group she meets and becomes friends with an elderly man with his own deep secrets.

He asks Sage to kill him but only after she forgives him for something he will reveal. Though a primary theme twists love, hate, and forgiveness every which way, there are other stories to hear.

Somehow Picoult manages to even weave in a vampire tale and make it meaningful. I have not enjoyed a book by Picoult as much as this in some time. The Storyteller reminds me why I started following her career to begin with. She has such a way with words taking the ordinary and making them sing. The one thing I wish she wouldn't do, she did and this takes some of my pleasure away.

I can't tell you what as it is one of those spoilers. I hope Jodi Picoult decides to write more in the historical fiction genre rather than "pulled from the headlines" as I think she shines here. I've read some great reviews of this book. Read a few more and see what you think.

View all 41 comments. Nov 27, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: Over the past year I have made it a point to focus on trimming the books on my to read list, giving me little wiggle room for much else. When a friend on the moderating team of retro chapter chicks here on goodreads mentioned wanted to read The Storyteller to finally get it off of her to read list, I said that I would join her. With family joining me over a holiday weekend, The Storyteller would be a perfect book, one that does not require much attention on my part and would still be enjoyable.

What I did not know was that The Storyteller may be chick lit on the surface but multilayered and a book that reads in more than black and white. Sage Singer is twenty five years old, is in the throes of an affair with a married man, is a master baker, and bares the reminder of her mother's death three years earlier from a scar running up and down her face.

Sage thinks she is an ugly duckling, she is an atheist, her sisters Pepper and Saffron blame her for her mother's death, and she took the baking job so that she would be hidden from the small town community in which she lives. Besides the comfort that baking gives her, Sage's only console is in the form of a grief support group that she attends each week. It is there that she meets nonagenarian Josef Weber, who plays the role of her town's favorite grandfather.

In their grieving, Sage and Josef become the least likely of friends. They play chess together on Josef's handcrafted set; Josef falls for Sage's baking and Sage falls for Josef's dog. The two become comfortable enough that Josef entrusts Sage with a secret-- that he is a former SS member of the Nazi party and has been living in hiding for the last seventy years. Because she is a Jew, Josef wants Sage to assist him in dying.

To Sage, this is complicated, not just because to her murder means crime and prison time but because her beloved grandmother Minka Lewin is a holocaust survivor. To side with Josef would mean to betray Minka yet to kill a Nazi would mean to obliterate another 'bad guy' from the face of this earth. True to Picoult's style, she introduces Department of Justice employee Leo Stein, who is Jewish, a Nazi hunter, and also falls in love with Sage baggage in all. Together Sage and Leo get Minka to tell her story, to see if Josef really is who he says he is.

Being that Leo hunts Nazis for a living, he brings another perspective that was already beginning to be read in gray rather than black and white. Together with Sage, Leo coaxes Minka to tell her tale in the hopes of bringing one more Nazi to justice.

Readers find out that Minka Lewin was a typical teenaged Jewish girl living in Poland. She loved writing and together with her best friend Dariya dreamed of living in London and writing for a magazine. Minka worked after school where she happened to excel at German at her father's bakery where he would bake a special roll just for her that had cinnamon and chocolate inside.

Minka uses her father's profession as background to construct a novel about an upior, a Polish mythical creature, that she has yet to complete when the Nazis come to power.

Minka finds herself in Auschwitz. Her knowledge of German land her in choice jobs including as secretary for the treasurer of the camp. We find out that he is actually a good person and had no choice but to serve his country or he would have disappeared.

It is Minka's tale that saves her life as this SS officer wills her to write ten more pages a night, as he is captivated by this story. Because of his own love for literature, Minka's life is spared. Yet her story of the baker's daughter, the upior, and people having the potential to love and hate does not have an ending; as a story within a story, the upior's story is not written in black and white and it is up to the reader to create their own ending.

The Storyteller is the second of Jodi Picoult's books that I have read. While not the best of literature, her novels feature multifaceted current events issues that are sure to generate much discussion. In complex characters Sage, Josef, Minka, and to a certain extent, Leo, readers are treated to a complex web of humans and the potential for each person to love and to hate. How they choose to act on these emotions and impulses is up to each person to decide.

As with Small Great Things, the other of Picoult's novels that I have read, The Story Teller had not been on my radar prior to reading it, yet I was treated to the type of multilayered novel taking place across two distinct eras that I am apt to enjoy. Perhaps this is a sign that I should not wait for a friend to be reading a Jodi Picoult novel to be moved to read one myself.

The Storyteller ended up being a compelling read, and one that I am glad to have joined in on. View all 15 comments. Apr 05, Luffy rated it really liked it. Jodi Picoult is an author who constantly challenges herself and now has undertaken the events of WW2 to segue her usual bone chilling plots and make an amalgam of sorts.

The names of the characters in books generally are not only necessary, but they are also revelatory. Sage is a young woman who has a troubled past and carries enough baggage to qualify as an alcoholic. Only she doesn't. I liked the main characters. One bonus fact is that there are no overwhelming flashbacks in this book.

Jodi Pico Jodi Picoult is an author who constantly challenges herself and now has undertaken the events of WW2 to segue her usual bone chilling plots and make an amalgam of sorts. Jodi Picoult uses her unique writing style to weave a persistent and apprehending magic, intuiting that there are many more books in the pipeline.

View all 4 comments. Mar 18, Colleen rated it really liked it. So, to be honest I have been so inundated with research articles, that my free time reading choices have been, well, light.

I have been taking on really easy reads due to the fact that my brain hurts. I thought, being Jodi Piccoult and all, that this book would fit into that category, however I was pleasantly surprised. This book was not only extremely well written, but thought provoking and moving. I never considered a book that took various perspectives of the Holocaust, well because I only bel So, to be honest I have been so inundated with research articles, that my free time reading choices have been, well, light.

I never considered a book that took various perspectives of the Holocaust, well because I only believed there was one perspective that mattered or that was worth discussing. In her effort to deport and charge Josef, she becomes his confidant as he confesses the sins of his past, and those of his brother.

Absolutely worth the read, almost gave it 5 stars View all 11 comments. I do not read many of Jodi Picoult's books, mainly because a lot of them do not really appeal to me. I bought this book mainly because of the high ratings it was recieving on here. All i have to say is wow!!!

I loved this book, at times i had to put it down to clear my head of the horrors i was reading. No matter how many books i have read, True or fiction based. The story of what happened to the Jews during the holocaust never fails to bring me to tears. Also reading the story from a young Germa I do not read many of Jodi Picoult's books, mainly because a lot of them do not really appeal to me. Also reading the story from a young German boy's point of view growing up in Germany during war times and the Hitler Youth and becoming a man and SS Officer.

I was not suprised by the twist at the end, infact i cottoned on to this quiet early on.

Saying this it did not take away anything in the story that was unfolding. This book will stay with me for a while and will recommend it to friends alike. View 1 comment. Jan 12, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't curse. When I finished The Storyteller , I couldn't craft a coherent sentence.

I just sat and thought to myself: Sage Singer bakes bread. It's therapy for her, in addition to the grief support group she attends after losing her mother in a car crash. One day she befriends Josef Weber, a fellow support group goer and an elderly man who is a cherished member of their small town community. Sage soon realizes that Josef doesn't just want her bread: She lear Damn. She learns that Josef has committed a terrible crime against humanity and that someone in her own family has suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

With this connection in mind Sage struggles to make the right choice. Is it her to duty to deliver him from his wicked past, or would she bringing herself down to his level by doing so?

Why is it so hard to find out what's right, when faced with someone who's done so much wrong? Jodi Picoult is a master storyteller. For me, the most salient part of The Storyteller was when Minka, Sage's grandmother, shared her story about surviving Auschwitz and the other horrors she endured during the Holocaust.

Picoult's writing is so welcoming, beautiful, and piercing that you feel your heart break into another piece every time you flip a page. There's no doubt that what happened to the Jews was horrifying and a testament to the monstrous side of mankind, but when you read Picoult's work, you don't just think "wow, this is horrible" - you feel it, and you remember it, and you resolve that such crimes should never be allowed to happen again.

I feel like a lot of the criticism Picoult receives from the literary community stems from the argument that she takes controversial topics and uses repetitive plot structures to exploit them and sell bestsellers.

I also feel that The Storyteller is the perfect book to counter that argument, because even though Picoult does use a somewhat similar formula in her novels family issues, court cases, etc. Like she does in her other novels, in The Storyteller she takes difficult topics like forgiveness, trauma, and justice, and makes you feel every blow through her three-dimensional characters.

From Sage's scar-induced reticence to Josef's incisive inner turmoil, I rode a gamut of emotions expansive enough to cover an ocean. The Storyteller is Picoult at her prime. She puts a human face on the Holocaust, a tragic, beastly, and horrendous event. She deftly delves into the human psyche and makes you think about what it means to be a survivor, a storyteller, a human.

View all 8 comments. Jan 03, Danya rated it really liked it Shelves: I actually really disliked Sage in the first part of this book. I'm not sure if this is intentional on the author's part, or if we were supposed to find her character sympathetic, but whatever the case, the result was that I just could not make myself like her.

She seemed to me to be very self-effacing, in an artificial 'woe is me' kind of way, from how she felt about her scarred face which she was really hung up on to the reasons behind her sleeping with a married man. This l Characters: This latter decision of hers probably lost her the most respect with me, because I can forgive a character a fair number of things, but adultery is something I find it very difficult to get on board with.

She knew full well that this guy was married, and yet she carried on this affair with him anyway. I'm sorry, but ugh. To be fair, Sage does improve in the last third of the book, taking some initiative to make changes in her life, gaining more self-confidence, and earning back some of my respect.

Her character development is due in part to what she absorbs from the story her grandmother tells her, as it helps Sage put everything into perspective, but also to the fact that she begins a relationship with another thankfully, unmarried! This underlying message of 'you can feel good about yourself once you've got a guy's approval' didn't sit that well with me, though.

Also, I would like to note that although Sage is 25, to me her voice sounded too mature for her age — more like someone in her thirties. Technically since she is in her twenties I'm counting this one as qualifying for the "New Adult" challenge, but I don't think it captures the voice of a year-old very realistically. Sage's grandmother, on the other hand, is so much easier to like. Her story, told in Part 2, was probably my favourite section of the book ironically, since it's the part that deals with all of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Minka is a relatable character you have to feel sorry for, and yet she demonstrates her strength and perseverance time and again. I can't really discuss him without spoilers. Suffice it to say that the glimpses we're given indicate that he's a very interesting, complex character, and I wish we'd been able to see more of his perspective. I suspect one of the author's objectives in writing The Storyteller was to cast light on some of the shades of grey involved in the events and people of the Holocaust.

Whether she actually succeeds in this, I'm less certain. I wish Picoult had explored the larger system and the elements of social psychology that shaped and exacerbated the behaviour of the Nazis. Instead, she mostly focuses on a few individuals, reducing it to a question of "Can someone be truly good or truly evil, or is everyone just a mix?

Since I got my degree in psychology, and took a course in applied social psych, I know that social psychology played a critical role in bringing about the atrocities of the Holocaust. I'm sure it was not the only factor, but let's face it: I would have appreciated more exploration of the idea — a fundamental tenet of social psychology theory — that rather than behaviour being attributed to "bad apples" i.

In terms of the Holocaust specifically, personally I'm inclined to think that there were probably a few apples that had already gone bad, but there was definitely something wrong with the barrels, too.

This is not to say that Picoult paints all the Germans with the same brush. She takes steps to make sure this is not the case, and the German individuals we are presented with fall in a variety of places on the 'moral spectrum', from the lacking-a-conscience Reiner, to the more ambiguous Franz, to the downright helpful Herr Bauer, Herr Fassbinder, and anonymous farmer's wife.

Not all of the Jewish characters are "perfect" either, case in point being Sage herself, of course.

Nothing I haven't heard before, but it's still a great point to raise in the context of the story. Whether or not forgiveness is possible from someone you did not directly wrong is also introduced as an interesting discussion.

Ania's story, which appears in excerpts throughout, does a great job of highlighting many of the themes that underlie the novel as a whole. Concepts of brotherhood, friendship, duty, honour, compassion, helplessness, guilt, and shame are presented in a folktale fashion. I found Part 1 to be rather boring, and you already know how I felt about Sage, so initially The Storyteller and I were off to a pretty slow start.

I didn't realize The Storyteller was going to go into that much detail about a survivor's Holocaust experience, but Minka's story is one of the most compelling aspects of the book — gripping, intense, horrifying, and engrossing. When Part 3 returned to the modern-day characters and plot, I was initially not that thrilled about it, but I was feeling more invested in the story by this point — and then I guessed the twist and had to keep reading to see if I was right.

I so was. If you're finding Part 1 to be slow-going and you're fed up with Sage, I definitely recommend you stick it out until Part 2. I'd also suggest taking breaks with this book.

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It's hardly a surprise, seeing as this book deals with the Holocaust, but Part 2 in particular is bleak, depressing, and densely packed with information. It's certainly not a quick, easy read. I would like to note, though, that Picoult does an excellent job of integrating all of the information into Minka's personal story. While I think Jodi Picoult did her research about the conditions of the concentration camps, what she presents us with is more than just a set of facts.

We come to care about Minka as a person. Partway through Part 3 I started to suspect what the twist was, but I was kept guessing, never totally sure until the revelation actually occurred. I'm glad what I suspected turned out to be the case, because it nicely ties in the story of the two brothers, Reiner and Franz, as well as the tale involving Ania that is interspersed throughout.

It also makes this one of those books where a second read-through might be a different kind of experience, now that you know the twist.

I kind of wish there had been more closure with Josef and Minka, but closure is not always possible in real life. I wasn't really sure how to feel about Sage's ultimate decision view spoiler [ to help Josef die, but not to forgive him hide spoiler ] , but it's certainly an interesting choice. The ending seemed a little abrupt to me; I thought more could have been wrapped up, as we don't really know what's going to happen to Sage. Still, it ends a bit unsettlingly view spoiler [ on yet another lie!

Final verdict: I received an ARC for review from the publisher. This book counts towards my goal for the "New Adult" challenge. View all 23 comments. May 19, Penelope rated it it was amazing.

I loved the book. As a Jew myself, living in today's world I felt it was important for me to be reminded of this terrible atrocity. I wonder if I could have had the courage to survive and cope with the losses of all my loved ones.

This book has given me a renewed sense of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate and help elevate their suffering, rather than spend time worrying about petty bs.

Thank you Jodi Picoult for this empowering shot of reality. View 2 comments. Mar 12, Brittany B. Everyone, even if not a Picoult fan! This book wildly exceeded my expectations. This is one of the best book of the year, and easily the finest novel of Jodi Picoult's career. Just an extraordinary book. Words are inadequate. Mar 03, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Spoiler alert: If you read my reviews, then you know I'm a Jodi fan because I like her characters, controversial plots, and varied narrative techniques.

At first, I was frustrated that Jodi chose to write a story on a topic that has been told so many times before and with so many fiction and nonfiction books on the Holocaust, people will invariably compare this book to these others.

I taught Wiesel's Night for 15 years and have read so many Holocaust books, that I fretted about this book when I Spoiler alert: I taught Wiesel's Night for 15 years and have read so many Holocaust books, that I fretted about this book when I first started reading it. I admit that I was uptight about the long passage Minka narrated of her experience in the Holocaust, but once I let go of my reservations, I found myself enthralled by the story despite having read this Holocaust plot many times before.

What makes this story fresh is Minka's supernatural tale of vampires and not your Twilight vampires but grossly horrific monsters who devour humans. Minka's story is a contrived metaphor for Franz's life, but it works especially with the final words he utters , so I am not bothered by this at all.

I guessed the twist in the story long before it occurred, but this still did not ruin the story for me. The ending of this book reminds me of Jodi's Tenth Circle in that the book ends with the reader knowing that there is much more to be resolved and we must determine what that resolution is. She mimics MInka's ending to her vampire story in this way.

I loved how the bread making was an intrinsic part of the story and not just an occupation for some of the characters. View all 3 comments. This book had me thinking on so many different levels that it's hard for me to sum up my thoughts in a review. This quote sums up a lot of what this book had me thinking about - "not all Jews were victims and not all Germans were murderers. A quote from the book, "I do believe in people.

In their strength to help each other, and to thrive in spite of the odds. I can't imagine having your family members ripped away from you and then to try and carry on day-to-day under normal circumstances let alone horrific ones.

The Storyteller (Picoult novel)

Forgiveness is also a big theme in this book. Another quote, "He doesn't deserve your love. But he does deserve your forgiveness, because otherwise he will grow like a weed in your heart until it's choked and overrun. I had been giving Picoult Novels a wide breath over the past few years as I had felt her books were beginning to take on a pattern which I grew tired of quite quickly.

When I discovered that Jodie Picoult was going to take on a difficult and sensitive subject like the Holocaust I really wanted to read this novel. I appreciate how difficult it must be for a writer to write a fictional account of such a important and sensitive time in history and am sure they wrestle with keeping actual events and facts in prospective and still provide a plot that is entertaining and interesting for the reader.

I think Jodi Picoult manages to achieve a good balance in her latest novel. Sage Singer is a young woman and a baker in a small New Hampshire town and is hiding from the world due to a difficult past when she strikes and unlikely friendship with Josef Weber, a quiet respected and retired teacher and a pillar of the community.

Joseph singles Sage out as he has a secret that he has been hiding for 60 years and he tells her his story. The title for this Novel is very apt as there are several story tellers in this book and each with an important tale to tell.

One of the stories that really made an impression on me was the Gothic-style tale penned by Minka as I really felt that this tale parallels very well with the horrors of the camps and the monsters that ran them. This is well written and well researched Novel from Jodi Picoult.

I especially think this book will appeal to readers who want a good story and not overwhelmed by dates and facts. An easy read and an interesting story View all 5 comments. Oh dear. A perfectly good idea but, sadly, not realised. I don't know where to start in unravelling what is wrong with this. For starters, too long - main protagonist is annoying to the point of wishing A chapter in the middle that is a novel in its own right but no-one would ever read already written, several times mistakes all over one glaringly bad one at the end regarding the car - a twist that was expected from the second it was set up half way in and Oh dear.

A chapter in the middle that is a novel in its own right but no-one would ever read already written, several times mistakes all over one glaringly bad one at the end regarding the car - a twist that was expected from the second it was set up half way in and an ending that was stupid beyond description. I know none of that is constructive or academic in any way but the book just doesn't deserve it.

I can only think that Picoult moves so many units that the editors are terrified to tell her the bleeding obvious. I've had to come back and add more - I've been dwelling on this: I think it is slightly unsavoury to use one of the most devastating horrors in recent memory as a backdrop to a silly love story.

It starts with Sage and ends with Sage, so Auschwitz is a bit part? If you're going to use something so emotionally charged, then you have to rise to it - it's not just a cheap ingredient. View all 6 comments. Jun 03, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to say that I was seriously disappointed by this book. I have only read one other book by Piccoult, Saving Grace, and it was okay.

When I realized this is what the book was about, I was upset-- to the point that I almost didn't finish reading it. I am not anti-Jewish, anti-Holocaust or anything like that, but I do not want to read books about it. The images and words and descriptions are seared into my memor I have to say that I was seriously disappointed by this book.

The images and words and descriptions are seared into my memory, and those are not images I want to recall. In this aspect, Piccoult, was very thorough. I am also upset by the ending. How could she commit murder? In truth, that is what she did. She killed another person. And then she lied to the person who cares about her.

She looked him in the eye and flat out lied. Did she learn nothing from what she went through? Did she learn nothing about forgiveness and love and honesty?

I just find the ending too contrived and doesn't show any change in Sage. She slept with a married man. She killed a man after refusing to forgive him. She lied to her boyfriend. She still has messed up relationships with her family and her dead mother.


How did anything really get resolved-- other than she learned her Grandmother's story and killed a man??? Based on this book, I really do not think that I will ever read another Piccoult book. View all 13 comments. Dec 28, Reca rated it it was amazing Shelves: For me, a sign of a really great book is one you can remember the characters days, months and even years later.

This book was riveting while going from the present and spending a good part of the book back in the s from the point of view of a Holocaust survivor. No matter how horrifying this was, I couldn't stop reading. It may be one of the big reasons I can't get this book out of my mind or it may be the O M G twist at the end. This book is definitely a must read! Dec 17, Suzanne rated it really liked it. Devastatingly good. Jodi Picoult weaves some amazing stories and like so many of her other books, this one will break your heart.

I was completely engaged all day in this book and though some of it was predictable, I did not expect a lot of it. The Storyteller is my second Jodi Picoult book. And, I must say it will be hard to better it or even match it. My attention was grabbed right from page one, and my mind didn't wander once while reading. It's on my favorites list, and I will be recommending it to everyone for years to come. Mar 07, Sonja Arlow rated it really liked it Shelves: The last Jodi Picoult I read was House Rules , many years ago, and it has been my favourite until now.

It was such an amazing and daring subject matter, an old Natzi SS officer at Auschwitz seeking out a young Jewish woman for assisted suicide and forgiveness. But it also touches on loyalty and the breaking point this can reach. I really enjoyed all the different stories that are full and complete on their own that interweaves throughout. This is a love story, historical fiction, horrendous accounts during the holocaust and dealing with grief and guilt in so many forms.

Jodi Picoult has a talent for talking about harrowing experiences — from child abuse to suicide pacts, murder to school shootings — and forcing the reader into the minds of everybody involved. But how is it possible to do this with the Holocaust?

As it turns out, very well indeed. The Storyteller begins with Sage Singer, a young woman dealing — badly — with the loss of her mother in a car crash a few years prior. Sage attends a group created for people dealing with grief and it is there she meets Jodi Picoult has a talent for talking about harrowing experiences — from child abuse to suicide pacts, murder to school shootings — and forcing the reader into the minds of everybody involved.

Sage attends a group created for people dealing with grief and it is there she meets Josef Weber, a quiet old man who, out of the blue, asks Sage to help him die. Because, back in the s, he worked in a concentration camp as a Nazi SS guard. It is quite astonishing to me that the Holocaust was only 80 years ago; it's really not ancient history.

In the last year I've read books that that were published a long time before , but still felt fresh to me. Jodi Picoult almost abandons her trademark style of writing in The Storyteller you will not find a court case here! We're introduced to characters — and their point of view — throughout the story.

I became immersed, not confused, as each story progressed and as each piece of the puzzle because there's always a puzzle! The Storyteller also respectfully addresses the complicated matter of forgiveness and who really benefits from it. While reading The Storyteller , I did not discover anything about the Holocaust that I did not already know — it is not meant to serve as a history lesson — but it's the first time I've gotten close to thinking about what it would be like to experience Nazi cruelty first-hand.

And it was the first time I thought about what Nazis themselves saw, felt and believed. It is brilliantly told and wonderfully wraps together, while still doing justice to its characters — and the real people who suffered. It's a revealing yet unforgiving story, moving between present life as Sage struggles with what Josef has asked her to do, and Minka's torturous story of life as a young Jewish girl under the Nazi regime.

I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books. Josef and Sage are in the same grief group. He also frequents her bakery and is a stellar, respected member of the community. He is 95, a widower, a retired teacher, ex-Boy Scout leader and Little League coach, and The Lost Coast.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.Sage suddenly realises that Josef Weber was not in fact Reiner Hartmann, but his younger brother Franz, and she has killed a man who was not who she thought he was, but realises that Franz's conscience was not clear either, as he was still an SS officer. May 09, Sage believes that her sisters, Pepper and Saffron, blame her for their mother's death, so she actively avoids contact with them.

Instead, I started once again to bake — my go-to therapy. At all times I was aware of the writer and her research as a buffer between me and the narrative. It was so good that I have tried to read all of her books.

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