The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Hodder & Stoughton, R220
Sage Singer is a baker and a loner until she befriends an elderly man and pillar in the community. But her world is turned upside down when she learns that Josef Weber hides a horrific secret. Sixty years ago he was a Nazi SS guard. Now he wants Sage’s help although her grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
Blending historical fact and fiction, Picoult braids a quartet of interesting tales into a powerful allegory of loss, forgiveness and justice.
Our deputy editor, Sarenda Eloff-Vorster, says: ‘I found tears slipping down my face on more than one occasion and doubt that I will come across another book this year as powerful and moving.’