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Sing You Home: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | October 18, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Sing You Home: A Novel is rated 3.125 out of 5 by 8.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.4 in

Published: October 18, 2011

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102732

ISBN - 13: 9781439102732

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't bother spending the money. Hated this book. It truly is not worth buying or reading unless you happen to find it on a clearance table for $1.00. I usually enjoy this author, but I am glad this was not her first book because I would never read another one.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok... Not one of her best books, but still worth a read, if you are a fan.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, sad and emotionally gripping I sincerely love when authors--and, perhaps more accurately, publishers--expand their notion of traditional storytelling by writing a book that follows a slightly different format: novels in verse, illustrated novels for adults, stories that are told in a multitude of media. Sometimes the risk doesn't always pay off, but I really enjoy the effort. Jodi Picoult's novel, Sing You Home, falls into that category by being the first novel that I've read that comes with its own soundtrack. The book has a CD included that acts as a companion to the story being told. The novel's main protagonist is Zoe Baxter, a music therapist who uses music in every aspect of her life, both professionally and personally. While the novel isn't really about music, the author felt that the reader should hear Zoe's voice, since the character uses music and singing so much. Jodi Picoult's good friend Ellen Wilber acted as the voice and musical composer behind all of the tracks on the CD. While I don't think the novel really needed the soundtrack and the resulting CD is probably not one I would buy just to listen to, I really like the idea behind it. I like the multi-media approach very much. And the novel certainly isn't hindered by the music, even if it does stand up perfectly well on its own. The story centres around Zoe's failed attempts at conceiving and carrying a child to term, followed by her divorce and subsequent remarriage to a woman named Vanessa. Her lesbian relationship and her attempt to find a way to have a child with her new wife brings a world of criticism from her community and her ex-husband Max, a recovering alcoholic who "finds Jesus" in the form of an anti-gay Evangelical Christian church. The narrative is divided into sections that correspond to the tracks on the CD and the individual chapters are from the first-person perspective of Zoe, Max and Vanessa alternately. The "Max" chapters were actually a little difficult to read sometimes because they were written with such detail and sincerity but what his character was saying and feeling was so hateful and anti-gay. In the end, though, the book was an incredibly rewarding read. I was emotionally invested in all of the characters, even the ones whose opinions I found challenging. More than once I found myself in tears, particularly by the end. Granted, it hit me on a lot of points personally: as an educator, an atheist with many very religious loved ones, an advocate for gay rights, a parent who also has friends who struggle with infertility, a proponent of women's reproductive rights and a person--like most--who has struggled with the meaning of love marriage. I felt like the novel was written for me personally. But I also felt like a lot of people would feel exactly the same way when they read it.
Date published: 2012-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an interesting storyline This is the third Jodi Picoult book I have read now, and it was brilliant. As in the other two of hers I have read (My Sister's Keeper and House Rules), each chapter is written in the singular voice of one of the various characters. This style, though possibly annoying to some readers, creates a type of depth that I really enjoy. The angles it creates allow the reader to engage more with the individual characters. She tackles a few different, au courant, topics in this book. It will affront some, and appease others, vis-a-vis questions of ethics. For such a prolific writer, she acquires an extraordinary amount of in-depth knowledge on the subject matters, which I find admirable. I really enjoyed this and will look forward to checking out more of her books.
Date published: 2012-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical This is a very typical Jodi Picoult novel. Completely extreme in the beginning to get your attention, then very blah in the end. It seemed to me that this novel had A LOT of unnecessary drama for an anticlimactic ending.
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Loved this book. Picoult is always writing about topics that are interesting and this one is really interesting! Can't wait for her next book!
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another riveting book! Jodi Picoult never fails to centre her books on topics that are controversial and challenging. This book seemed to focus on same-sex marriage at the start and then quickly progressed to include the question of ownership of preserved genetic material. Picoult's characters bring to life situations that we read about/hear about and allow the reader to appreciate the experience of actually being involved in the situation. This gives the reader a sense of empathy towards the characters, and indeed the subject matter....sometimes providing a surprisingly new outlook! Another great read!
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. I have read all Jodi Picoults books but this one I did not care for. The characters were all over the place, I found myself skipping pages to find the ending.. I never skip pages in books but this one just dragged on and on.
Date published: 2011-03-21

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Sing You Home: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.4 in

Published: October 18, 2011

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102732

ISBN - 13: 9781439102732

About the Book

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love. In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe Baxter 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. 496 pp. 1,500,000 print. (General Fiction)

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ZOE O ne sunny, crisp Saturday in September when I was seven years old, I watched my father drop dead. 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 facefirst in the grass as the mower propelled itself in slow motion down the hill of our backyard. 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. I don’t remember calling for my mother, but I must have. 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. My mother left me at the neighbor’s house while she went to the hospital. 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. She never cried. She stood stiff-backed through my father’s funeral. She sat across from me at the kitchen table that
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. Picoult wrote her first story at age 5, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood". She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987 with a degree in creative writing. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is a bestselling author of fifteen novels. Her latest one, number 16, entitled Handle With Care, is sure to become a best seller as well. Most recently she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. The first book to be made into a movie, My Sister's Keeper, will premiere in 2009 in theatres starring Cameron Diaz. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

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“Determinedly life affirming, with designs on the heart.” —Newark Star-Ledger
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