Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.


Music by Ellen Wilber

Lyrics by Jodi Picoult

All songs performed by Ellen Wilber

My Comments: This was not a “fun” book to read for two reasons: first, the content was same-sex marriage, of which I am opposed, second; the author depicted Christians in a negative light, and I am a Christian.  She broadbrushed believers and made us look small-minded and somewhat radical.  Well, we may be radical, but most of us are intelligent and thoughtful.  Most of us do not protest outside courthouses, or treat people like second-class citizens.  I do not believe this is the way Jesus wants us to act at all, and just because there are a few who do, it is not at all the majority, and I get tired of seeing us depicted that way.

I thought I would stop reading about half-way through because I found the content offensive, but kept at it because I wanted to see how the story would end.  There was a great twist at the end which made me realize what a talented and creative writer Jodi Picoult is.  I honestly just have to say I didn’t care for the subject matter.  I have read other books by her that I loved, however, such as My Sister’s Keeper.  I won’t stop reading her books or anything like that.  I’m just disappointed that she would choose this issue to write about.  I am sure many will love this book and will agree with her, I’m just not one.  Other issues brought to light in this book are infertility, IVF, miscarriage, and infidelity.

This book will be available on March 1 and is available for pre-order.  We received an Advance Reading Copy from Simon & Schuster.

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4 Responses to “Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult”

  1. Stacie Says:

    Kudos to you for sticking with the book. You are better than me! I love Picoult’s books but when I read the premise of the book I knew I was NOT going to be reading it. I appreciate your honest review and standing up for Christians. This will definitely be a hotly debated book I am sure.

  2. megan Says:

    I just started reading this book, not knowing the premise. As a Christian, I am very disappointed in her obvious slant. I adore picoult’s books because of her usual ability to be impartial. I enjoy learning about other opinions etc. However just as the left days they do not like being preached at, neither do I. After reading your blog, I was going to finish the book anyway. Then I went and read picoult’s website and her smashing the Bible, her take on her interview with Melissa from focus on the family broke heart. If Melissa or Ford had behaved that way in an interview we would never hear the end of it, but for ms. Picoult its ok. I am very saddened by the hypocrisy and I don’t think I can read this author with a clear conscience any longer.

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