The author, who has captivated us with stories about high school shootings, sister's keepers, ghost hunters and many more hot button issues, has done it again. Jodi Picoult's latest novel, Sing You Home, will melt your heart and make you pause to think about humanity while hitting an ultra-high note for this prolific author.
Zoe Baxter has been trying to get pregnant for ten years. After multiple miscarriages, expensive fertility treatments and the loss of a baby after a seven-month pregnancy, she and her husband Max give up their efforts and their marriage. In the wake of her devastation, Zoe enters a career in musical therapy, soothing burn victims, connecting with Alzheimer's sufferers and comforting hospice patients.
When Vanessa -- a guidance counselor -- asks her to work with a suicidal teen, their relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe's surprise, blossoms into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family, again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max. In the meantime, Max has found redemption and solace in an evangelical church aimed at fighting against the "homosexual agenda." When the question of whether or not Zoe can raise his unborn child with her same sex partner arises, legality, spirituality and sexuality collide in a way that will test everyone involved and leave readers wondering about what it really means to be a family.
Picoult's ability to take timely issues and fuse them with enriched characters is captivating and relatable. Sing You Home is a bold and unflinching story about love and what defines the "traditional family" that will educate and inspire people at each end of the belief spectrum.
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Picoult has been working with her close friend and musician, Ellen Wilber, to develop a soundtrack to accompany the novel. There will be a song for each chapter that will allow readers to, literally, hear the lead character, Zoe Baxter. A copy of the CD will be available with each hardcover book.
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