Sage is an isolated baker that is having problems dealing with her troubled past, when she meets Josef, an elderly man who has also suffered loss. Sage is enjoying their unusual connection, when Josef suddenly shares that he was a Nazi S.S. officer, and pleads with her to help him die. When Sage finally believes him, she reaches out to an FBI agent to confirm his story, as well as to her own grandmother, who is a Holocaust survivor. What follows is the intertwining story of Sage and Josef’s families, a short story authored by her grandmother, and Sage’s struggles as she discovers the truth...and possibly the ability to move on with her life.
The Storyteller, by Jodi Picoult, is a wonderful novel of history meeting the modern era. Picoult does an excellent job of honoring the Holocaust story and giving it life, as well as giving us her normal end-of-the-book twist. She especially shows through the story of the grandmother how Holocaust victims were caught unaware as conditions slowly deteriorated. Anyone who enjoys reading historical novels set during World War II will love this book!