The Storyteller

The Storyteller

by Jodi Picoult
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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things, My Sister’s Keeper, and House Rules comes an astonishing and complex novel that proves some stories live forever.

Mourning the passing of her mother, Sage Singer decides to attend a grief support group. She doesn’t expect to start an unlikely friendship with an elderly man also attending. Josef Weber is a beloved, retired teacher and Little League coach. Together they attempt to heal.

But one day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses but then he confesses his darkest and long-buried secret, one that irrevocably changes Sage’s worldview. She suddenly finds herself facing questions she never expected, such as what do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And most of all, if Sage even considers his request, is it murder or justice? The Storyteller explores these issues and more in this “profound and moving novel about secrets, lies, and how the power of stories can change the course of history” (Shelf Awareness).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439102770
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 24,314
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY


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

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The Storyteller 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 490 reviews.
anne_reads More than 1 year ago
At times intense and disturbing. A story that challenges your thoughts about good and evil and the mix of both in everyone. Is everyone worthy of redemption or do some go so far that they are unworthy of any level of compassion? Can you feel compassion and still hold people accountible for their actions? Can you see both the monster and the human - or by becoming a monster do you loose all pieces of your soul? Interesting characters - complex personalities where past and present meet. I've read a few reviews that express disappointment at the ending. I didn't feel that way - although I can see their point. I find the main character's final actions completely in line with who she is and her inner conflicts. However you feel about the ending, the story will stay with you and leave you thinking and -to me - that's a sign of a well written novel.
kirstenh More than 1 year ago
This is not only the best book by Jodi Picoult, but one of the best books I have read period. In pure Picoult style, the twists and turns never end. Do not expect to be happy when reading a book on such a tragedy. This is a story that has to be told and is a do not miss if you are a fan of Picoult and Historical Fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite Picoult book yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading down the bestseller list since I was a teen. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It should be required reading in schools. I have read all of this author's books, and this is, by far, her best. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Picoult's novels and The Storyteller is no exception. Jodi uses real life problems and executes them into brilliant novels. The holocaust should never be forgotten, nor should the victims. I could not put the book down! Once again, Bravo Jodi. Another great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Worried why it wasn't more highly rated but I see as more time goes by, it's sneaking up there. Once again, Jodi has not let us down. I enjoyed this book, thoroughly. I highly recommend it. I really cannot understand why I read in another review that they had to stop to look up translations for German words. She was consistent with putting the English meaning for most, if not all, either by translation or they were implied (or described) in the sentences that followed. Fantastic read! Thanks, Jodi!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Jodi Picoult. I loved that this one was historical fiction and the first of hers that I can recall with no court battle at the end. Would love it if Picoult wrote more like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have got to read this book. I couldn't put it down,read it in 4 days. Thank you so much...I also loved the history..Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a powerful and amazing book! I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan and once again she did not dissappoint. Loved the ending! Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, the subject matter of this book is certainly a dark one. Reading some of it brought tears to my eyes. I have always enjoyed Jodi's books for her spin on tough situations and her dedication to the research. I feel she did a great job relaying the horror of the holocaust and creating relatable characters. That being said, I just couldn't give this book a full 5 stars for two reasons. First, part 2 was exceptional and definitelty essential. However, by the time we came back to the main story in part 3 it seemed like so long since we were there that it felt disjointed. Secondly, the ending did seem rushed to me. I wish there had been more to it. Overall, however, a remarkable book and I would certainly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and stayed with me long after i finished. Minka's story was hearbreaking and horrifying. And in her usual style the twist enng was shocking. I highly recommend his book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love! Probably one of my favorites from Jodi. Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book but possibly another chapter or epilouge at the end would have been better!
ReaderNancy More than 1 year ago
I agree with the review about perfect till the ending. There were several clues that led me to believe who Josef was before the end. Just a few more pages about Sage and Leo would have made me like this book better. It was a letdown.
Gram948 More than 1 year ago
Not a Jodi fan, but found this book to have certain aspects of great story telling. There is evidence of intensive research which plays out in the story of Minka. Not crazy about the continuing thread of story telling of Minka's imaginary tale but it does all come together in the very rushed end. This is an ok read if you follow Picoult.
jlks More than 1 year ago
Hm. I'm trying to put my finger on what, exactly, kept me from loving this book. It wasn't the subject matter. I'm no stranger to books written about the Holocaust - whether they are historical fiction, biography, or written in the history vein. It wasn't the characters, either. I had my favorites (Minka and Leo, for sure), and the remaining characters were interesting enough - if sometimes slightly annoying and obtuse - on their own. It wasn't even the alternating story lines, which I sometimes struggle with, depending on the book. I actually loved the way each character's story wove together seamlessly with the other stories in the book, and was totally smitten by the story-within-the-story. So, what was it? I wish I knew. I honestly do. I really did like the story. There were a couple surprising moments that I didn't necessarily see coming (though I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I did see them coming right before they happened...) The characters were complex enough to be interesting, and to keep me from becoming frustrated by some of the things they said or did, or how they reacted. The things that Sage had to work her way through were enormous on their own - forgiveness, empathy, judgment, religion and hypocrisy - not to mention the ugly side of love and understanding yourself. I don't know that I was that strong or wise or ballsy at 25. Hell, I don't think I'm that strong or wise or ballsy at cough,cough! I don't know. Like I said, I did really like the story. It was different and written in a voice that made me hurt right along with the characters, which is something I always strive to find in a good book. It had me guessing, it made me think - how would I react to Josef? To Minka? To Adam or Leo? - and it made me ponder things that I've learned, or heard, or read. So, yes. It should be a five star review. And isn't. And I just don't know why.
readzalot2 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Jodi's novels....this is most definitely a serious contender for one of my favorites! This book can be dark, it can lead you to think about things that are not easy to ponder, but isn't that a sign of a good novel? Jodi knows how to weave characters through a time and place.....and as the reader you come out on the other side with a better understanding of the time. Bravo, Jodi!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exceptional! I have read everything she has written and this was one of her best yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coouldnt put it dowm! One of her best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I think it may be her best so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grippling story best ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me longer to purchase because I was worried about the heavy content. I didn't want something to give me nightmares while I read before I went to sleep......but I was WRONG. This book just proves to never doubt a book by Jodi Picoult!!! I loved this book it was gripping and I was on the ride with the characters, i struggled to choose a side from each characters point of view. It also reopened the those sad scars of the struggle of those times. Its good to be aware of our history even though its scary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has to be my favorite picoult has written thus far. The book takes you on a ride through the thoughts of all the different characters and makes you fall in love with them. I definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The twists of the plot had me guessing what could possibly happen next. Jodi Picoult makes her stories come alive.
avidreaderctb More than 1 year ago
This book is totally different from Picoult's others. It is a historical novel that is so well done that you think it is a history of a family member of hers. Allow time to read this as it is a definite "can't put down" read!