The Storyteller Even if there are predictable formulas to Picoult's books — multiple story lines, family estrangements, twist endings — it doesn't preclude their power. The Storyteller… The Storyteller Even if there are predictable formulas to Picoult's books — multiple story lines, family estrangements, twist endings — it doesn't preclude their power. The Storyteller… 2013-02-26 Fiction Atria
Book Review

The Storyteller (2013)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 26, 2013; Writer: Jodi Picoult; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atria

Even if there are predictable formulas to Picoult's books — multiple story lines, family estrangements, twist endings — it doesn't preclude their power. The Storyteller, which cycles between WWII-era Poland and the present, is narrated by a baker, her Auschwitz-survivor grandmother, a Nazi hunter, and a Polish vampire, among others. Although the to-be-expected romance feels a bit contrived, the more substantial Holocaust scenes are palpable and harrowing. At its heart, Storyteller is about whether anyone has the right to tell someone else's secrets — and what the emotional cost of forgiveness truly is. B+

Originally posted Feb 20, 2013 Published in issue #1248 Mar 01, 2013 Order article reprints