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.INCLUDES MP3S OF ORIGINAL SONGSMusic by Ellen WilberLyrics by Jodi PicoultAll songs performed by Ellen Wilber
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. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 12/06/2010
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1 . usual excellent medical/legal dilemmas
Posted June 10, 2011 by Ann , Los AngelesSince the book is about a music therapist it is a very appropriate title. The book itself is Jodi's usual medical/legal/ethical problems with her excellent research skills being evident. I can see how the book would not have universal appeal portraying a lesbian marriage and the fight for embryonic custody. I was a little disappointed it didn't reach its usual Top 10 rating but understand the politics. I enjoyed it very much and devoured it rapidly, as usual wishing there were more! Her books are so well written and researched without being boring or preachy.
I wait anxiously hoping for the next one. I have them all.
2 . Deep Issues, Deep Writing
Posted March 31, 2011 by Deb Miskiw , CalgaryJodi Picoult is an incredible writer. She not only tells spell binding stories but she invites us into a world where difficult issues are explored from different points of view. Her writing is so good that she can keep me reading even when I don't like a character, or their point of view. Her ability to do so much more than superficially present differing points of view about issues people face in reality is an incredible talent. She entertains and educates us. Thank you and please, Jodi, don't ever stop!
3 . Loved it.
Posted March 26, 2011 by Sha , NJI must say I was very interested in reading this book because of the storyline. I felt for both sides and at times felt torn. I am happy with the outcome. The only thing i would have liked was to know what happened to Lucy, Reid and that Pastor clive. I wanted more.
Thank you Jodi Picoult
March 01, 2011
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