Sing You Home

Sing You Home

by Jodi Picoult
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Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Sing You Home explores the delicate boundaries of identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. What happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family? Once again, Jodi Picoult gracefully brings the hidden tensions of life sharply into focus in this poignantly honest novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439102732
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 159,410
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)

About the Author

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY

Education:

A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University

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Sing You Home 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1566 reviews.
Crazy-for-Books More than 1 year ago
I don't know how she continues to do it, time and time again. Picoult just has a knack for creating characters that you love (and hate!) and storylines that are chock full of so much depth and emotion that you can't stop reading until you know what the outcome is. Sing You Home will probably be one of the most controversial books she's ever written. There are so many questions that she explores in this book (from her website): * What does it mean to be gay in today's world? * How reproductive science has outstripped the legal system * 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? * What constitutes a "traditional family" in this day and age? I'm sure just reading through those thought-provoking questions, you had a knee-jerk, strong response to one or more of them. I think we all do. And that's the point of this book. To explore those questions. Picoult isn't afraid to tackle the tough social issues. But she does it in a way that is honest, really capturing the essence of each side of the argument. Of course, she throws in a couple of characters that you loathe - the stereotypical "crazy" religious lawyer and the pastor with his own agenda who is pushing Max to do some things he is not entirely comfortable with. But, with those characters aside, I think Picoult did an excellent job capturing both sides and laying out the story the way she did. The story is told from 3 perspectives - Zoe, Max, and Vanessa. At the beginning of each section, the reader is told who will be narrating and the font-type is different for each character, which is a fantastic idea! Each character is developed extremely well. Picoult is able to capture the essence of each character, with appropriate backstory and supplemental characters, to really give the reader a true picture of who Zoe, Max and Vanessa really are. The narrative flowed like a movie in my mind. Hollywood - are you reading this? I could seriously picture this movie on the big screen. Picoult takes the reader step by step through each phase of the book. There are no odd time shifts or parts of the narrative that seemed out of line to me. The only thing that I took issue with is how quickly Zoe and Vanessa's relationship developed. I'm not sure, after being with Max for nine years, that someone could realistically work through all of that and fall in love with another person that quickly. In case you couldn't tell, I thought this book was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good story, with lots of controversy! No matter which side of the issue you fall on, this book will give you something to talk about. Conclusion This is a moving, heartfelt, emotionally-packed novel that will keep you riveted until its stunning conclusion!
kikifitz More than 1 year ago
Music therapist Zoe Baxter and her husband Max, want desperately to have a child and all their failing attempts are starting to take a huge medical, financial and emotion toll on their marriage. When she suffers a heartbreaking stillbirth well into her last pregnancy, it is the final straw for the marriage and Max walks out of the house and out of their life together. Dealing with both these losses, very depressed, Zoe finds herself turned around by the friendship of a counselor at one of the schools she works at, a friendship that turns quickly (perhaps too quickly to be really believable) into a romance. Add to that the fact that her new love is a woman, Vanessa. Quickly (maybe too quickly again) married in Massachusetts, the couple decide to get use the frozen embryos Zoe and Max have to try and have a baby together, with Zoe's new spouse carrying the child. But when she goes to Max to get permission, she finds herself in the middle of a court case, being sued for custody. Rarely have I been so disappointed in a book. Not for the controversial subject matter, no, not at all! In fact, just the opposite. No, what disappointed me is that Sing Me Home presents these topics in such a one sided, unfair, incomplete way, so less than what they deserve. I may suggest that part of the problem is that this books wants to take on just too many controversial questions in one book. These are interesting and very important questions presented in this book, questions no doubt decided in many a court case these days. But these issues deserve better than the one sided, one dimensional portrayal Picoult gives us. On Zoe's side, the characters are almost saints, noble, good, selfless people. Even her lawyer, who will soon be getting a halo no doubt, is just such a nice person. How can you not agree with her? Zoe and Vanessa are so nice, how can we not want them to win? On the ex-husband's side, everyone is evil and conniving, with totally selfish and nasty motivations. Max is a weak fool, with a reoccurring drinking problem, being used by others for their own, selfish, evil reasons. His lawyer is so loathsome that he only lacks a waxed mustache to twirl as he laughs a creepy laugh, to be complete. Yes, it is hard to portray people we really disagree with as decent people, with valid arguments..so much easier to paint them with a broad, ugly brush. I think this books starts by exploring some serious and timely topics that deserve better than the caricatures that the author descends into in the last half of the book. I don't think we get far in a discussion, as individuals or as a society, by just painting 'the other side', whatever that might be, as fools or idiots or evildoers. If you agree with the author's point of view and just want that reinforced, you may like this book and not see a problem. If you really want a fair and comprehensive exploration of some of this issues, something that makes you think, maybe makes you take another look at both sides, you will have to look elsewhere.
tarync More than 1 year ago
I have to add my voice to those who already said that this book was a disappointment. Jodi has in the past written her stories with more balance and multidimensional characters. This book seemed to be a commentary on her own political agenda. I am a fairly conservative Catholic who believes gays have a right to civil unions and have known many wonderful lesbian parents. However,to stereotype gays as saints and Christians as closed minded haters is ridiculous. Shame on you Jodi - we expect better from you!! The music was awful, the singer mediocre. I can see that when someone achieves success in their career they start to believe that they can do "anything". My advice to Jodi is to reassess her writing and stop churing out the books, put in a little more effort. Your fans deserve your best or they will no longer buy your books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may have ruined Jodi Picoult books for myself by getting obsessed early on and buying all available titles the second they were available. After devouring so many, I came to feel that these books don't often leave me with the feeling I got after reading the first for me, "My Sister's Keeper." I was shocked at the ending. The more I read by her, the more predictable they became. Every story has a courtroom drama component and the characters are very similar. It makes me sad, but I don't think I will wait impatiently for her books any longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good and kept me interested, but it was not Jodi's best. A little far fetched in my opinion. As for the CD I'm sorry it added nothing for me to the book and the vocalist really was not particularly good at all. I hope the price of $28 wasn't because of the added CD. Please take the CD out and just lower the book price.
Escape_Artist More than 1 year ago
I love Jodi Picoult and have been reading her books for years. This fell flat. The gist seems to be that if you can't have kids and your marriage fails, you must be gay. Be gay if you want, but I am tired of messages saying you HAVE to be gay because of x,y,z. The fertility/childless story is just depressing. There was nothing in this story that grabbed me. This book and her last one are just done. I felt like I was being preached to. Save yourself some money and take a pass on this.
frog_knitter More than 1 year ago
I have loved Jodi Picoult books from the very beginning, so when the library got "Sing You Home" I was excited. I started reading it right away, but was so disapointed. I read through to the end, hoping it would sweep me away like her other books have, but that moment never happened. I don't know if she was trying to write a shocking story, but it felt forced. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next book.
mom50069 More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered this book about 2 weeks before it was released. I was very disappointed to see it was priced higher than the actual book + cd. But I love my Nook, and figured an extra few cents wasn't a big deal. (Didn't realize I was going to miss out on the CD as well.) The story was AMAZING, as I knew it would be. As soon as I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I loved every single character, with the exception of Liddy (wanted to slap her a few times), and as usual Jodi Picoult does NOT disappoint by putting so much time and effort into her research for giving us a detailed story to read. It's always believable, controversial and thought-provoking. Every one of her books make me step outside my comfort zone, question "What would I do?" in these storylines, and it just makes ready for her next book to come out. Going back to the NookBook PRICE... the only outrageous price-gouging I've seen so far, has been on this author's books. Every other book I've bought so far has been reasonably priced. I've never paid more than $9.99 for a book, with the exception of Picoult's books. Hers are all $12.99+. Seems odd to me.
ANNTMASON More than 1 year ago
Zoe and Max Baxter have struggled with infertility for nine years, trying every measure imaginable, expensive IVF and trauma. Zoe finally becomes pregnant and seems to be carrying to term when tragedy occurs, miscarries. In the aftermath, Max decides he just cannot deal with this anymore. He walks away from his marriage, leaving Zoe to pick up the pieces of her life. On top of all this, Zoe discovers she has cancer and must undergo a hysterectomy. Zoe and her best friend, Vanessa, discover feelings that surprisingly reach deeper than they had expected. Max is conflicted and at the mercy of his brother and his church, while Zoe only wants to work with troubled patients and be a mother. While Zoe can no longer carry the frozen embryos left behind from her marriage, Vanessa can. All that is needed is Max's consent for Zoe to use the embryos. And therein lies trouble. There are many issues to deal with that make the pages fly by. A lot of drama, human spirit, legal and moral issues make this a must-read book and I guarantee the impossibility of putting the book down. Ann T. Mason
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was good, but Picoult tried to cover way too many controversial topics. I happen to be a very liberal democrat, and I even I thought she over did it! I'd also like to add a comment to publishers regarding the ebook price debate...I decided to get this book through our public library because I couldn't understand why it cost so much for an ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Jodi's book, but this book was not good at all. It was very well reserched but, I did not enjoy it at all. It took me forever to read it and I usually can read her books in a day or two.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult Zoey and Max are married and after 5 times trying to get pregnant via other means (daily shots for months) she does deliver but baby is stillborn. He gives up and wants a divorce. Book goes through how they got together through different years of their lives. I found the book, although a lot of doctor info about fertility, it also containes descriptions about RI, where I live. Heart warming and heartwretching moments. She is a musician therapist that aids others with their disease. I think it also helps her. As they go through the divorce their lives turn to others for comfort. They now each want the embreyo eggs. She wants it for her female partner and he wants to give it to his brothers wife who is also having problems with fertility. It goes to the judge for an outcome. Injections, hysterectomy, chemo, politics, religion, etc are center stage. Wow, powerful book about a lot of different subjects that have touched each of them during the process. Love references to RI: Ocean Drive, blizzard of 1978 when they got stuck, was the weekend I got married, also love how Maxs' spot for remembering the children that were not born.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of my having read other books by the same author and from having read the sample (I have a friend in my bookclub who is experiencing a problem pregnancy). For Jodi Picoult, who has taken on several social issues with thought-provoking clarity, to resort to "feel-good" rhetoric about the lesbian relationship and simplistic representations of the Christian is a cop-out and a sell-out. The book is deleted from my NOOK.
jenniekay More than 1 year ago
i have read all of her books and i've loved every one except this one.long winded and boring at times.very pushy with the cause.not my kind of book.
lv2readMB More than 1 year ago
again i am disappointed with her book.the story starts out great,but then the ending let you down. In her past books she had you hanging on til the very end not knowing what was what. In this book you know by the last 150 pages( if not sooner) what will happen.... what has happen with the wow! factor with her book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although entertaining, this novel falls far short of Picoult's earlier work. The characters are not nearly as developed, and the plot was woefully predictable. I was very disappointed.
Mary Thompson More than 1 year ago
Slow moving and not as riviting as most of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book but it was one of the hardest to get through.... There where some interesting parts but very few.... too political. The CD, not to great. I think I heard maybe 1 1/2 songs and turned it off...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Jodi Piccoult fan and have loved every book she has ever written, well... before this one. I pre-ordered the book, but have been unable to get into the story. I keep trying... SIGH...
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
Thought Provoking While I do agree with a number of reviewers that the story was presented in an overly biased way that painted the lesbian couple in a much more attractive light, I also have to say I was riveted by the story line and subject matter. I have always enjoyed Picoult's style in presenting a controversial topic from various different viewpoints. Additionally, while I am always carried very quickly through her stories, I'm not always thrilled with how she wraps up a story, but in this case, the ending was a bit more satisfying. I do think it was overkill to add the Westboro Baptist folks. I also didn't think it was necessary for Zoe to describe her work (when on the stand) as something more noble than most other professions. She was already presented as close to saintly--no need for her to paint herself in that way. However the entire story premise of what constitutes a human life and how we deal with these issues when science is advancing so fast, our ethics struggle to keep up is a fascinating subject to explore. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and felt that Jodi touched on a lot of good things, the book was brought to my attention by my church, and told my partner that she should read it. So we read the book and if your gay it touches on a lot of different things that u can relate to. Very sad to say because our church has done and cont to do to us. This book opens up and tells about some the so called christians THAT THEY CALL THEMSELVES, on how corrupt , liars, Deceitful, they r closed minded and very sad, I truelly believe god made us who we r and like zoe some of us try the straight rout but god made us who we r . I honestly believe that. The only person we need to be judge by is our creator. So i just want to say ty to my church for introducing us to this wonderful book, ty jodi for writing an excellent book!!!
Danielle_ChaosnCoffee More than 1 year ago
This was another heart-wrenching story from Jodi Picoult. I was completely drawn in by the characters in this novel. The subject matter is so explosive. When I started this one, I wasn't sure what to expect. I only knew that it involved music (which I love) and it was by Jodi Picoult (who I also love). What I didn't expect was the second half of the novel to become a battle between Evangelical Christians and the LGBT community. This book was very powerful. People cling to their beliefs so hard that sometimes it leads them to behave in ways that go against the very grain of what they preach. I think that Ms. Picoult handled this topic with the respect and delicacy that it deserved, while making very important points. My favorite quote: "Jesus says we're supposed to love everyone, no matter what." Perhaps it doesn't mean as much to you out of context, but it was a turning point for a few of the characters and I loved it. No matter where you come down on the issues addressed in this novel, you will be left examining your motives and priorities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still a fan of Jodi Picoult but this was not her best work. The charactors were just not believable to me. I am glad she bravely addressed the topic of the rights of homosexual partners. She did a good job of it despite the exaggeration of Zoe and Max.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodi Picoult once again absolutely amazes me as she explores the point of view of a cautious lesbian woman, newly divirced woman discovering another side to her sexuality, and her ex husband embracing the church. It is an inspirational read with many quotes applicable to any reader. This is truly one of my favorite books, and certainly my favorite from the author thus far.
MrySC More than 1 year ago
I get it - lesbians are picked on. It just went on and on for pages and pages. Could have shortened the book by 100 pages it seems to me.