Sing you Home – Jodi Picoult

 

By Jove, or should that be, by Jodi, goddess of modern-day storytelling, she’s done it again! In Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult has covered the four E’s “educate, entertain, engage and enthuse” and has created a belter of a story which genuinely fits the description “unputdownable”.

This will be a short but sweet review as I don’t wish to include spoilers which would mar future readers’ enjoyment. The story is told from three different perspectives, Zoe Baxter, a musician and music therapist, her husband Max, a landscape gardener and Vanessa Shaw, a high school guidance counsellor who enlists the services of Zoe to use music therapy with one of her students.  Somehow these three fairly ordinary individuals become enmeshed in a legal battle involving the three frozen embryos which were left in storage after Zoe and Max’s many failed attempts at IVF.   As in many of Jodi’s novels, there are difficult social issues but in Sing You Home, I think she’s done her best work and topics as diverse as infertility, gay rights, music therapy, Christian beliefs, discrimination, the role of the family, relationship choices  are seamlessly woven together.

It’s not all black and white though – whilst it is clear that the author doesn’t hold much “faith” with extreme religious fanaticism, we do see a more subtle, multi-tonal representation of those who have been “saved”.  I learned a lot about the difficulties faced by those undergoing IVF, the dashing of hopes and dreams. I was made more aware of the hardship faced by those in same sex marriages in what we would assume to be a more liberal 21st century.  I realised how hard it must be to leave the supportive community of fellow Christians if you feel you can’t make it on your own. Yes, indeed, my mind was truly boggling after reading this book, in a good way!

This review is based on an advance electronic version provided by www.simonandschuster.com. It’s definitely a sign of a great book that I was willing to stay up to the wee small hours reading this on my laptop! I eagerly await the publication of the “real” book, 1st March in the US and 12th April in the UK when I will also be able to listen to the cd which accompanies the ten tracks/chapters of the novel.   I’ve been interested in music therapy for a while and I look forward to hearing the voice of Jodi’s friend, Ellen Wilber who will be  Zoe’s voice.  Picoult fans, you are in for a treat!

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  2. Janice says:

    Great review Treez looking forward to it being published. As my son receives music therapy I know this will have me hooked from the start.

  3. admin says:

    Thanks, Janice, I found the sections on Zoe’s work as a music therapist really interesting. I know myself how listening to particular songs (usually at very high volume) helps me to destress. Lots of themes in the book will get readers thinking and questioning – that’s what I like about JP so much, she certainly gets people talking!

  4. Kellee says:

    As a music therapist, I CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the review..and thank you Jodi Picoult for highlighting my – often misunderstood – profession.

  5. admin says:

    Thank you for commenting, Kellee. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I think music therapy is an excellent idea but no doubt there are some naysayers around!

  6. Violet says:

    I’ve never read Jodi Picoult. Some of the reviewers in the media here are a bit sniffy about her prolific output, inferring that she’s more about quantity rather than quality. But she has a lot of dedicated readers, and this does sound interesting. Maybe the reviewers are just frustrated novelists who can’t get published. HaHa.

  7. admin says:

    Violet, I abhor that sort of literary snobbery as does Ms Picoult although she’s learned to get over it! I do like the way she examines very topical issues in a very honest, well researched way and raises lots of important questions amongst a wide range of readers – to a much greater extent than more “literary” writers do.

  8. Erica says:

    I have read each and every one of Jodi Picoult’s books. They are all amazing and make you think in a way you most likely wouldn’t have. The only dissappointment I have in Sing you Home is that there wasnt an exeprt for the next book! LOL Finished this book in 2 days, couldn’t keep my hands off it!

  9. admin says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Erica, you can read an excerpt of Jodi’s next book Lone Wolf here http://www.jodipicoult.com/lone-wolf.html#excerpt

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