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Also by Jodi Picoult. Songs of the Humpback Whale. Harvesting the Heart. Picture Perfect. Mercy. The Pact. Keeping Faith. Plain Truth. Book clubs, fans: enhance your experience of The Storyteller – try baking Minka's Challah or Roll recipes. Jodi chats with the BBC about The Storyteller. Jodi Picoult, 47, is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels. including The Storyteller, her most recent, have debuted at number one on the.


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Download PDF The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult () | PDF books Ebook Free Download Here. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult Bestselling Author, Book Worms, Breads, The In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will. The Storyteller ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jodi Picoult In the latest novel from master storyteller, Jodi Picoult, she asks: can evil ever be forgiven?.

Shocked, Sage refuses. Then Josef tells her that he deserves to die - and why. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed horrendous acts ever truly redeem themselves? Is forgiveness yours to offer if you aren't the person who was wronged?

And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - would it be murder, or justice? Fiction Literature Publication Details Publisher: Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three chi I notice that Mr. Weber — Josef — has left behind the little black book he is always writing in when he sits here. It is banded with elastic. I grab it and run into the storm. I step right into a gigantic puddle, which soaks my clog. He looks startled. This is just a place to keep all my thoughts.

They get away from me, otherwise.

We both turn in the direction of the noise. Josef pats his pocket. In a town the size of Westerbrook, which was derived of Yankee Mayflower stock, being Jewish made my sisters and I anomalies, as different from our classmates as if our skin happened to be bright blue.

I went to Hebrew school because my sisters did, but when the time came to be bat mitvahed, I begged to drop out. I used to sit at Friday night services listening to the cantor sing in Hebrew and wondered why Jewish music was full of minor chords. My parents did, however, fast on Yom Kippur and refused to have a Christmas tree. To me, it seemed they were following an abridged version of Judaism, so who were they to tell me how and what to believe?

I said this to my parents when I was lobbying to not have a bat mitzvah. My father got very quiet. Then he sent me to my room without supper, which was truly shocking because in our household, we were encouraged to state our opinions, no matter how controversial.

It was my mother who sneaked upstairs with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for me. I have a problem going to Hebrew School. She had been born in Poland and still had an accent that made it sound like she was always singing.

And yes, Grandma Minka wore sweaters, even when it was ninety degrees out, but she also wore too much blush and leopard prints. How had I made it to age twelve without knowing this?

Why would my parents have hidden this information from me? It was hard to imagine the textbook pictures of living skeletons matching the plump woman who always smelled like lilacs, who never missed her weekly hair appointment, who kept brightly colored canes in every room of her house so that she always had easy access to one.

She was not part of history. She was just my grandma. But your father, he started going. I think it was his way of processing what happened to her.

Frustrated, angry, and selfish, I threw myself backward against my pillows. It has nothing to do with me. If she had been in a concentration camp during World War II, she must have been a completely different person at the time. The picture book was of Cinderella, but she must have been thinking of something else, because her tale was about a dark forest and monsters; a trail of oats and grain.

I kept reaching for it, pulling at her sweater. At one point, the wool rode up just far enough for me to be distracted by the faded blue numbers on her inner forearm. My telephone number. I had memorized my telephone number the previous year in preschool, so that if I got lost, the police could call home. What if you move? I had asked. Oh Sage, she had laughed. The next day, when Josef Weber comes into the bakery at , I bring out a small bag of homemade dog biscuits for Eva, and a loaf of bread for him.

You can smell it, when an artisanal bread comes out of the oven: the earthy, dark scent, as if you are in the thick of the woods.

I glance with pride at the variegated crumb. Josef closes his eyes in delight. We chat, as Mary closes up the bakery around us. We chat, even as I dart back and forth into the kitchen to answer the call of various timers. There are even moments during our conversation that when I forget to disguise the pitted side of my face by ducking my head or letting my hair fall in front of it. But Josef, he is either too polite or too embarrassed to mention it.

Or maybe, just maybe, there are other things about me he finds more interesting. The pocked drawstring of skin flapping the corner of my right eye. The silver hatchmarks cutting through my eyebrow. The way my mouth tugs upward, because of the way my cheekbone healed. The bald notch at my scalp that no longer grows hair, that my bangs are brushed to carefully cover. The face of a monster. Maybe because loneliness is a mirror; and recognizes itself.

My hand falls away, letting the curtain of my hair cover my scars again. I just wish it were that easy to camouflage the ones inside me. To his credit, Josef does not gasp or recoil.

Steadily, he meets my gaze. He lives at the end of small cul-de-sac, and I am parked at the curb trying to concoct a reason that I might be dropping by when he knocks on the window of my car. She dances around his feet in circles. I consider telling him that it is a coincidence, that I took a wrong turn. Or that I have a friend who lives nearby. But instead, I wind up speaking the truth. A smile breaks across his face. His home is not decorated the way I would have expected.

There are chintz couches with lace doilies on the back, photographs on top of a dusty mantel, a collection of Hummel figurines on a shelf. For fifty-one very good years and one not-so-good.

He takes the teabag from his mug and carefully wraps a noose around it on the bowl of the spoon. In fifty years, I never once forgot, but she never gave me the benefit of the doubt. Drove me crazy. Now, I would give anything to hear her remind me again. I felt like the biggest loser on earth. And now I realize how lucky I was. The pieces are all carefully carved: pawns shaped like tiny unicorns, rooks fashioned into centaurs, a set of Pegasus knights.

It is a family heirloom.

Marta had no patience for the game. You have to think five steps ahead. He teaches me to control the center of the board. To not give up any pieces unless absolutely necessary, and how to assign arbitrary point values to each knight and bishop and rook and pawn so that I can make those decisions. As we play, Josef asks me questions.

Was my mother a redhead, like me? Did my father ever miss the restaurant industry, once he went into industrial sales? Did either of them ever get a chance to taste some of my recipes? It feels less like a wound; more like a poultice. Two weeks later, Josef and I carpool to our next grief group meeting. We sit beside each other, and it is as if we have a subtle telepathy between us as the other group members speak.

Sometimes he catches my gaze and hides a smile, sometimes I roll my eyes at him. We are suddenly partners in crime. Today we are talking about what happens to us after we die. In Heaven and Hell people sit at banquet tables filled with amazing food, but no one can bend their elbows.

I assume Josef will ignore her question, or shake his head, like usual. But to my surprise, he speaks. And everything is over. I find him waiting in the hallway of the church. As if it were this easy. Everyone is both of these at once. As if his words have heat behind them, my scar burns. I wonder if this has been my problem all along: not being able to dissect the two. Josef nods, waiting. I have come to the only viable conclusion: Josef is lying comatose in his bed.

Or worse. My evenings are ordered to military precision, with me working a mile a minute to divide dough and shape it into hundreds of loaves; to have them proofed and ready for baking when the oven is free. The bakery itself becomes a living, breathing thing; each station a new partner to dance with. Mess up on the timing, and you will find yourself standing alone while chaos whirls around you. I find myself compensating in a frenzy, trying to produce the same amount of product in less time.

I drive there, and see a light on in the kitchen.

Immediately, Eva starts barking. Josef opens the front door. He sneezes violently and wipes his nose with a white cloth handkerchief. Well, as you can see, I am still standing. I suppose there have been stranger duos. Now you must go back to work so that I can have a roll with my coffee. There are loaves that have proofed too much; the dough has lost its shape and sags to one side or the other. My output for the whole night will be affected; Mary will be devastated.

I burst into tears. I wish I could bake for my mother: boules and pain au chocolat and brioche, piled high on her table at Heaven. I wish I could be the one to feed her. But this. I look around the bakery kitchen. This, I can reclaim, by working the dough very briefly and letting it rise again. I missed one exam, then another. I stopped turning in papers. It reminded me of Sunday mornings as a kid, when I would awaken to the scent of fresh bagels and bialys, crafted by my father.

Or so I thought, until I started to sneak into the residential college dining hall kitchen and bake bread every night. I left the loaves like abandoned babies on the thresholds of the offices of professors I admired, of the dorm rooms of boys with smiles so beautiful that they stunned me into awkward silence. I left a finial rail of sourdough rolls on a lectern podium and slipped a boule into the oversized purse of the cafeteria lady who pressed plates of pancakes and bacon at me, telling me I was too skinny.

On the day my academic advisor told me that I was failing three of my four classes, I had nothing to say in my defense; but I gave her a honey baguette seeded with anise, the bitter and the sweet. My mother arrived unexpectedly one day. She took up residence in my dorm room and micromanaged my life, from making sure I was fed to walking me to class to quizzing me on my homework readings.

I wound up being on the five-year-plan, but I did graduate. My mother stood up and whistled through her teeth when I crossed the stage to get my diploma. And then everything went to hell. And so afterward, with my eye still bloodshot and the Frankenstein monster stitches curving around my temple and cheek like the seam of a baseball, I gave my mother the same advice she had given me.

It took almost six months, one bodily system shutting down after another. I sat by her side in the hospital every day, and at night went home to rest. Instead, I started once again to bake — my go-to therapy. I brought artisan loaves to her doctors. I made pretzels for the nurses.

For my mother, I made her favorite — cinnamon rolls, thick with icing.

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I made them daily, but she never managed a bite. It was Marge, the facilitator of the grief group, who suggested I get a job, to help me forge some kind of routine. Fake it until you make it, she said. I had been shy before; now I was reclusive. She is already picturing the plant it will become. I imagine she thought the same, meeting me. When your workday begins at 5 PM and lasts through dawn, you hear each click of the minute hand on the clock over the stove, you see movements in the shadows.

You do not recognize the echo of your own voice; you begin to think you are the only person left alive on earth. The world just feels different for those of us who come alive after dark. Most days this means I get about six hours of sleep before I return to Our Daily Bread to start all over again, but being a baker means accepting a fringe existence, one I welcome whole-heartedly. The people I see are convenience store clerks, Dunkin Donuts drive-through cashiers, nurses switching shifts.

And Mary, who close up the bakery shortly after I arrive. She locks me in, like the princess in Rumplestilskin, not to count grain but to transform it before morning into the quick breads and yeasted loaves that fill the shelves and glass counters. I am already well into making the one hundred pounds of product I make every night by the time I hear Mary start to close up.

The one lone customer is Mr. Weber, from my grief group, and his tiny dog. Mary sits with him, a cup of tea in her hands. He struggles to get to his feet when he sees me and does an awkward little bow. His dachshund comes closer on its leash to lick at a spot of flour of my pants. Animals never stare.

Weber slips the loop of the leash over his wrist and stands. I enjoy the company. After all, I have plenty to do. But it has started to pour, now, a torrential sheet of rain.

Weber is either walking home or waiting for the bus. He nods in gratitude and sits down again. As he cups his hands around the coffee mug, Eva stretches out over his left foot and closes her eyes.

But instead of staying with Mr. Weber, I follow Mary into the back room where she keeps her biker rain gear. It was three days before I heard that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. The worst he could do is talk you to death. I watch her open the rear door of the bakery. She ducks at the onslaught of driving rain and waves without looking back. I close the door behind her and lock it.

I have a hundred loaves to shape; bagels to boil; bialys to fill. I do, but I check my watch. My timer will go off in three minutes, then I will have to go back into the kitchen. Weber replies.

His words sound as if he is biting them off a string: My gaze locks on his. Certainly Mr. My grandma is always talking about how at her age, her friends are dropping like flies. I imagine for Mr. Weber, the same is true. From the kitchen comes the sound of the timer buzzing; it wakes up Eva, who begins to bark. Almost simultaneously there is a sweep of approaching lights through the glass windows of the bakery as the Advance Transit bus slows at its corner stop. His face softens. Call me Josef.

I notice that Mr. Weber — Josef — has left behind the little black book he is always writing in when he sits here. It is banded with elastic. I grab it and run into the storm.

I step right into a gigantic puddle, which soaks my clog. I hold up the black book and walk toward him. He looks startled. This is just a place to keep all my thoughts. They get away from me, otherwise. The driver of the Advanced Transit bus honks twice. We both turn in the direction of the noise. In a town the size of Westerbrook, which was derived of Yankee Mayflower stock, being Jewish made my sisters and I anomalies, as different from our classmates as if our skin happened to be bright blue.

I went to Hebrew school because my sisters did, but when the time came to be bat mitvahed, I begged to drop out. I used to sit at Friday night services listening to the cantor sing in Hebrew and wondered why Jewish music was full of minor chords.

My parents did, however, fast on Yom Kippur and refused to have a Christmas tree. To me, it seemed they were following an abridged version of Judaism, so who were they to tell me how and what to believe?

I said this to my parents when I was lobbying to not have a bat mitzvah. My father got very quiet. Then he sent me to my room without supper, which was truly shocking because in our household, we were encouraged to state our opinions, no matter how controversial. It was my mother who sneaked upstairs with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for me. I have a problem going to Hebrew School. This was a seemingly random observation.

She had been born in Poland and still had an accent that made it sound like she was always singing. And yes, Grandma Minka wore sweaters, even when it was ninety degrees out, but she also wore too much blush and leopard prints. It took me a moment to realize what my mother was telling me. How had I made it to age twelve without knowing this?

Why would my parents have hidden this information from me? We had studied the Holocaust in social studies class. It was hard to imagine the textbook pictures of living skeletons matching the plump woman who always smelled like lilacs, who never missed her weekly hair appointment, who kept brightly colored canes in every room of her house so that she always had easy access to one.

She was not part of history.

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She was just my grandma. But your father, he started going. I think it was his way of processing what happened to her. Here I was, trying desperately to shed my religion so I could blend in, and it turned out being Jewish was truly in my blood; that I was the descendant of a Holocaust survivor.

Frustrated, angry, and selfish, I threw myself backward against my pillows. It has nothing to do with me. If she had been in a concentration camp during World War II, she must have been a completely different person at the time. The picture book was of Cinderella, but she must have been thinking of something else, because her tale was about a dark forest and monsters; a trail of oats and grain.

I kept reaching for it, pulling at her sweater.

At one point, the wool rode up just far enough for me to be distracted by the faded blue numbers on her inner forearm. I had memorized my telephone number the previous year in preschool, so that if I got lost, the police could call home. The next day, when Josef Weber comes into the bakery at 4: You can smell it, when an artisanal bread comes out of the oven: I glance with pride at the variegated crumb.

We chat — about the weather, about Eva, about my favorite recipes. We chat, as Mary closes up the bakery around us. We chat, even as I dart back and forth into the kitchen to answer the call of various timers. There are even moments during our conversation that when I forget to disguise the pitted side of my face by ducking my head or letting my hair fall in front of it.

But Josef, he is either too polite or too embarrassed to mention it. Or maybe, just maybe, there are other things about me he finds more interesting. His hand shakes as he reaches for his mug of coffee. The pocked drawstring of skin flapping the corner of my right eye. The silver hatchmarks cutting through my eyebrow. The way my mouth tugs upward, because of the way my cheekbone healed.

The bald notch at my scalp that no longer grows hair, that my bangs are brushed to carefully cover. The face of a monster. Maybe because loneliness is a mirror; and recognizes itself.

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My hand falls away, letting the curtain of my hair cover my scars again. I just wish it were that easy to camouflage the ones inside me. To his credit, Josef does not gasp or recoil. Steadily, he meets my gaze. He lives at the end of small cul-de-sac, and I am parked at the curb trying to concoct a reason that I might be dropping by when he knocks on the window of my car.

She dances around his feet in circles. I consider telling him that it is a coincidence, that I took a wrong turn. Or that I have a friend who lives nearby. But instead, I wind up speaking the truth. His home is not decorated the way I would have expected. There are chintz couches with lace doilies on the back, photographs on top of a dusty mantel, a collection of Hummel figurines on a shelf.

For fifty-one very good years and one not-so-good. This must have been the reason he started coming to grief group, I realize.She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter. As if his words have heat behind them, my scar burns.

I look around the bakery kitchen. Or so I thought, until I started to sneak into the residential college dining hall kitchen and bake bread every night. In Heaven and Hell people sit at banquet tables filled with amazing food, but no one can bend their elbows.

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