- Author Jodi Picoult
A difficult read, this one. The story follows Sage, a reclusive baker who has family issues to deal with. Aside from her own problems, she’s also faced with learning the horrific history of an elderly friend who claims to be a Nazi officer that presided over Auschwitz. The way the story weaves around, through different points of view and alongside a fiction inside the fiction, is great and it gradually builds up the horror and the history of the Holocaust.
It’s hard to read, intensely sad and oppressive but hugely important too. My only real complaint is that the ending felt like an anti-climax, that we had built up so much of these characters and in the end it didn’t quite sit right. Perhaps that’s intentional though, something like this doesn’t really deserve a happy ending. Interesting read overall, not perfect but certainly worth the time.