Do you ever have the feeling of being so engrossed in a book that you lose yourself in it? Of being to the point of no return, where you will let everything else fall by the wayside because all you want to do is find out how it ends?
That’s what this book was like for me.
Book Review: Sing You Home
Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, Sing You Home was officially released on March 1st. On March 3rd, I downloaded the audio program through Audible.com. Five days later, I was finished. Mighty fast for a working mom with two kids, if you ask me 🙂
The short version of this post is that I HIGHLY recommend Sing You Home! Picoult tackles two–as one reviewer put it–“provocative” issues: infertility and gay marriage. The beauty of her writing style is that she approaches these subjects without judgment and from multiple perspectives. Few issues are truly black-and-white and, with this novel, you get inside the heads of characters who’s perspectives vary greatly:
- There’s the main character, who finds love with another woman and, despite infertility issues, wants nothing more than to have a child.
- There’s the life-long lesbian who has spent a lifetime defending who she is.
- And there’s the recovering alcoholic, who turns to the church and struggles with his ex-wife’s newfound love and continued desire to have a child.
As someone who has had loved ones struggle with infertility issues and who was raised by two women, I was touched by Picoult’s perspective of the issues. It was touching
The main character, as you may know, is a music therapist. It’s easy to find fault with how other people describe my profession–and I will admit that there were some descriptions and techniques described in the book that I would not personally have used. But these are minor differences…nuances, really. I felt Picoult described and represented our profession well. She seemed to understand what music therapy is about and was able to describe it honestly, realistically, and emotionally.
I also recommend you read the author’s commentary and description of her research on the Sing You Home website. Much as it brings more meaning to a piece of classical music if you read the program notes, reading about Picoult’s history and interest in these topic areas brings another layer of appreciation to her novel.
So are you convinced yet? Do you plan to read Picoult’s latest novel? And if you are reading it–or have already read it–what are your thoughts? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.