From the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author whom USA TODAY calls a “master of the page-turner,” comes the spectacular story of a woman’s complex quest to form a family.
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.
Picoult's overstuffed latest (after House Rules) is stretched just to the breaking point. Max and Zoe's marriage, stressed by infertility problems and miscarriages, is finally destroyed by a stillborn baby. After their divorce, Max moves in with his brother and sister-in-law, Reid and Liddy, and backslides into self-destructive drinking, while Zoe devotes herself to music therapy (the book is accompanied by a CD in Zoe's voice, with awkward lyrics by Picoult) and develops a friendship with guidance counselor Vanessa that eventually turns into love and marriage. Max, meanwhile, converts to an evangelical brand of Christianity that pits him against Zoe when she asks Max for permission to use their frozen embryos. Max's discomfort with Zoe's same-sex relationship and his desire to repay Reid and Liddy, who have their own fertility problems, mean a legal battle looms. Picoult abandons her usual efforts to present an equal view of both sides of an issue Max is a pitiful right-wing puppet; Zoe, Vanessa, and their attorney are saintly but her devoted fans will nevertheless find everything they expect: big emotion, diligent research, legal conflict, and a few twists at the end.
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Sing you home
I can't believe the ending was so vague. For all their struggle,
That the characters didn't have something that made sense and followed the court descison . Who is Samantha and where did
She come from and was she the embryos that were in question.
Who birthed her and where is Reid. It's like Jodi got tired and didn't quite finish her book. In my opinion, the only book she had a good ending was My sister's keeper. I am going to have to read The pact again to see how it ended as well as Mercy.
Usually, Jodi varies on endings. Most of the time she forgets that it's a New York times bestseller rather than a kumbiya book. OverAll, I enjoyed the book, I love anything she writes but I have found writers like ayelet Waldman to be a much more interesting
Author. Next, is my first Maeve Binchy book, minding franky. I hope I enjoy it. This book however, I give a rating of an 8.
Sing You Home
I'm enjoying the read so far, but my goodness, the music is AWFUL! The woman is a TERRIBLE singer!
Update...this was my first Jodi Picoult book. I didn't read any reviews before I started reading so I didn't know it was a lesbian couple. I thought Jodi did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, and I found myself rooting for both sides, because even tho I disagree with the lifestyle, I believe that is only because the bible says I'm supposed to. If my daughter told me the same thing, I'd have to behave like Dara did tho. Great book...I could NOT put it down. A terrific author that kept surprising me! So I will upgrade from 3 to 4 stars!
Still hate the music tho! :-)
Sing you home
I didn't feel this was as gripping as Jodi Picoult can be. The ending was just wrapped up so quickly and no real twist. All the discord about homosexuality and then bliss at the end. No real validity for me.