Sing You Home: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home: A Novel

byJodi Picoult

Kobo ebook | March 1, 2011

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

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

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 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 is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.


Music by Ellen Wilber

Lyrics by Jodi Picoult

All songs performed by Ellen Wilber

Title:Sing You Home: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439149712

ISBN - 13:9781439149713

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! So cute! I loved the relationship between the main characters! The accompanying songs are perfect!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book not one of my fave Jodi Picoult's book
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Controversial Topics - Worth the Read Jodi Picoult is known for diving into topics most authors stay away from, and with a suspenseful ending usually the norm. This book, while having some predictability, had some amazing moments. Each of the main characters were fleshed out and the storyline was one that is not normally told. The religious aspect was slightly over the top, which turned me off a bit. But I am glad I read the book, as the more meaningful moments made it worthwhile. While maybe not Jodi's best book, it is certainly not her worst and is a good read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A great story about some controversial topics. Jodi Picoult always writes from an unbiased and educated view point, which makes it that much more of a great read! Very emotional.
Date published: 2016-01-08
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 Emotive Lovely book, impossible to put down. Explores feelings in a unique way.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotive I thought this book was really insightful and addressed many controversial issues. I felt that Picoult was able to provide an unbiased view on this in the way the book was structured. Overall it was a really good read and definitely worth it, then ending was a good twist and I didn't want it to end!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotive Another great read from Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home keeps you turning pages while focusing on some important issues along the way. So well written; couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sing You Home Deep, rich and thoroughly satisfying!
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sing me back home Great story line, tastefully done. Really enjoyed
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sing You Home This novel tells the compelling story about the rights of unborn children and the rights of gays and lesbians to love and be loved and to have a family. Jodi Picoult has written a timely story about a woman's desire to be a mother and reminds me about how excited I was when I learned that I was pregnant 30 years ago. This book also gives me insight into what my sister Patti and her husband went through to try to get Patti pregnant by IVF. Thankfully, Patti and John were able to adopt a beautiful little baby girl from China after trying to have a baby for so many years. Finally, this book reminds me of when my only daughter, Shannon, was about six years old and her desire for a little sister. I wasn't in a committed relationship and I wish that I had gone to a Fertility Clinic so that I could have had another baby and given my daughter a sibling. This book is well written and I enjoyed listening to the songs after each chapter of the novel. The songs gave me a reference to the protagonist, Zoe's, career as a music therapist. I will definitely read this book again!
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough to recommend:) Somewhat predictable, but a lot of books are...good subjects and always somewhat sadly fascinating at the utter stupidity of some people to hold onto religion so literally that you spend most of the time pushing people away rather than embracing love! Another good one off the Jodi Picoult list:)
Date published: 2013-08-07
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