Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Emily Bestler Books, Atria, 2013

My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

I liked The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult a lot.  However, it is about the Holocaust and is violent and graphic in detail at times.  After reading Part I, I was disturbed by the story and questioned whether I would continue.  I did continue as the author’s writing style is engaging and it was my local book club’s selection.

There are basically three stories going on in this novel.  Part II, is Minka’s story where she is a Polish, Jewish adolescent during the Holocaust.  Part I and Part III is the story about Minka’s granddaughter, Sage, a baker, and her friend, Mr. Weber, a man in his nineties, who was a German SS soldier, and is hiding in America.

The third storyline, and probably the most disturbing, is the fictional story written by Minka during the German occupation of Poland.  It is about an upiór  (vampire).  This story is told in italicized parts at the beginning of sections throughout the novel and pulls together many threads in the end.

This book raises a lot of questions about war, good vs. evil, family, love, forgiveness, justice, revenge, mercy and more.  There is, in my opinion, a lot of symbolism in this novel.  I am looking forward to a lively discussion at my book club meeting.  I’m glad I continued reading it.

First Paragraph

“On the second Thursday of the month, Mrs. Dombrowski brings her dead husband to our therapy group.”

What Other’s Are Saying

“The ending stunned me, even as I knew there would be a final surprise. Breathtakingly captivating, Picoult’s latest was a novel I could not put down…five stars!” – Laurel-Rain Snow

“What is The Storyteller about?  Is it about a baker?  Is it about a scar?  Is it about revenge?  Is it about forgiveness?  Is it about the Holocaust?  Is is about a vampire?    Yes.”

~Sheila @ Book Journey

Jodi Picoult – BBC Breakfast – April 4 2013 (HD)

Books By Jodi Picoult (from the author’s website)


  1. It’s been awhile since I read a Picoult, but I went through a period of loving her books (and reading most all of them) awhile back! Maybe I should give her a shot again – this one sounds good!


  2. Sounds like a very good book club book, sometimes books like these need discussion with other readers. I am not sure if I will read it, I liked her earlier books but haven’t read anything from her for awhile now.


  3. I really enjoyed this one. I used to love reading Jodi Picoult’s books and then for some reason I just stopped, because I think at some point two novels I read in succession I didn’t enjoy. Then I picked up this one and loved it! It had me emotional. I do have Leaving Time as well, just never got to read it. Have you read the latest one?


    • This was my first novel read by Picoult. I would definitely be interested in reading more of her work. Thanks for stopping by Melinda!


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