Emily Bestler Books, Atria, 2013
My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)
I liked The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult a lot. However, it is about the Holocaust and is violent and graphic in detail at times. After reading Part I, I was disturbed by the story and questioned whether I would continue. I did continue as the author’s writing style is engaging and it was my local book club’s selection.
There are basically three stories going on in this novel. Part II, is Minka’s story where she is a Polish, Jewish adolescent during the Holocaust. Part I and Part III is the story about Minka’s granddaughter, Sage, a baker, and her friend, Mr. Weber, a man in his nineties, who was a German SS soldier, and is hiding in America.
The third storyline, and probably the most disturbing, is the fictional story written by Minka during the German occupation of Poland. It is about an (vampire). This story is told in italicized parts at the beginning of sections throughout the novel and pulls together many threads in the end.
This book raises a lot of questions about war, good vs. evil, family, love, forgiveness, justice, revenge, mercy and more. There is, in my opinion, a lot of symbolism in this novel. I am looking forward to a lively discussion at my book club meeting. I’m glad I continued reading it.
“On the second Thursday of the month, Mrs. Dombrowski brings her dead husband to our therapy group.”
What Other’s Are Saying
“The ending stunned me, even as I knew there would be a final surprise. Breathtakingly captivating, Picoult’s latest was a novel I could not put down…five stars!” – Laurel-Rain Snow
“What is The Storyteller about? Is it about a baker? Is it about a scar? Is it about revenge? Is it about forgiveness? Is it about the Holocaust? Is is about a vampire? Yes.”