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A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Bestseller

An NPR Bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

A Chicago Tribune Bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Ficiton

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A 2014 Booklist Top of the List Pick for Women's Fiction

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Picoult is no stranger to tackling difficult issues. Her latest page-turner confronts the oft-explored subject of the Holocaust with skill, starkness, and tremendous sensitivity. The characters’ stories are compelling, but the stellar storyteller here is Picoult, who braids the quartet of intersecting tales into a powerful allegory of loss, forgiveness, and the ultimate humanity of us all. Her myriad fans are in for satisfying doses of everything they’ve come to expect from her: compulsive readability, impeccable research, and a gut-wrenching ‘Aha!’ of an ending.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“This new novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult places readers again in the center of an ethical knot and dares them to untie it.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“This is a powerful and riveting, sometimes gut-wrenching, read, in which the always compelling Picoult brings a fresh perspective to an oft-explored topic.”

Booklist

“Ambitious…A fictional testament as horrifying as it is suspenseful.”

Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.

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