An astonishing novel about redemption
and forgiveness from #1 "New York Times"-bestselling
Sage Singer becomes friends with an
old man who's particularly beloved in her community.
One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him.
Some stories live forever . . .
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night,
preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to
escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and
the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber,
an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins
stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely
friendship. Despite their differences, they see in
each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and
they become companions.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a
long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else
in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an
extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not
only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones
as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged,
and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever
had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions
and expectations she’s made about her life and her
family. When does a moral choice become a moral
imperative? And where does one draw the line between
punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?
In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult
gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order
to protect our families and to keep the past from
dictating the future.
About the Author: Jodi Picoult
I grew up on Long Island with my parents and my
little brother, the product of a ridiculously happy
childhood. My mom says I've been writing as long as
she remembers - my first masterpiece was "The
Lobster That Was Misunderstood," at age 5. I honed
my writing skills beyond that, one hopes, before I
headed off to Princeton, where I wanted to work with
living, breathing authors in their creative writing
program. Mary Morris was my teacher/mentor, and I
really do believe I wouldn't be where I am today if
not for her guidance and expertise. I had two short
stories published in SEVENTEEN magazine when I was
in college. However, when I graduated, a desire to
not eat ramen noodles exclusively and to be able to
pay my rent led me to take a job on Wall Street (not
a great idea, since I can't even balance my
checkbook). When the stock market crashed in 1987, I
moved to Massachusetts and over the course of two
years, worked at a textbook publishing company,
taught creative writing at a private school, became
an ad copywriter, got a master's in education at
Harvard, got married, taught at a public school, and
had a baby. My first novel was published shortly
after my son was born, and I've always said that the
reason I kept writing is because it's so much easier
than teaching English.
In fourteen years, I've published thirteen novels:
Songs of the Humpback Whale, Harvesting the Heart,
Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Keeping Faith,
Plain Truth, Salem Falls, Perfect Match, Second
Glance, My Sister's Keeper, Vanishing Acts, and the
upcoming The Tenth Circle, this March. Two of my
books (Plain Truth and The Pact) were made into
Lifetime TV movies; Keeping Faith will be another.
My Sister's Keeper is in development at New Line
Cinema to be a feature film. And there isn't a
single day that I don't stop and marvel at the fact
that when I go to work, I get to do what I love the
My husband Tim and I live in Hanover, NH with our
three kids, a dog, a rabbit, and the occasional
donkey or cow.