The last two novels by Picoult I’ve read did not meet my expectations so I was leery about reading — let alone buying — her latest novel. Some how I wound up on her personal website reading about the research behind this particular novel. Picoult developed the idea for this novel after her eldest son came out to her and her husband and, unlike her other books, the way Picoult feels saturates the ending of Sing You Home.
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues. Just when her greatest dreams seems to be coming true, her baby is stillborn and her marriage to Max falls apart. Mex files for divorce and falls right back into old life of an alcoholic.
Both are struggling to pull their respective lives together when Zoe falls for Vanessa much to her surprise and Max is redeemed by an evangelical church, whose charismatic pastor, Clive Lincoln has vowed to fight the “homosexual agenda” that has threatened traditional family values in America. But this mission becomes personal for Max, when Zoe and her same-sex partner say they want permission to use the last of Max and Zoe’s frozen embryos and raise his unborn child.
I mentioned previously that this book reduced me to tears whilst reading it on the plane. I personally very much agree with the sentiments and ideas that Picoult professes in her novel; I think gays and lesbians should be able to marry and raise children, so they so choose. I enjoyed reading Sing You Home.
However, I do think she rushed the time line of this novel. To go from married to Max to divorced to married to Vanessa and thinking about having a baby all the span of six months seems — for lack of a better word — ridiculous.
Reading an eBook version of this novel on my iPad was probably the best to read it. Because Zoe is a music therapist, Picoult decided to create a soundtrack to the novel filled with originally songs she composed with friend Ellen Wilber.You can listen to the soundtrack online if you have a printed version of the book but to tell you the truth, I probably would have never listen to the soundtrack while reading the book.
With my iPad, however, I could listen to the soundtrack while reading the novel. Some of the songs weren’t long enough for how slowly I read the chapters. The voice in the songs did not line up with how I imagined Zoe’s voice in my head and the songs weren’t to my taste. However, I do think it’s an interesting way to express your main character’s voice.
Overall, I liked the book. I’m glad Picoult wrote it. I can say that Picoult is back on my radar, and I looking forward to reading her novels again.
- Picoult, Jodi. Sing You Home. New York: Simon & Schuster. eBook. 480 pgs. ISBN: 1439149712. Source: Purchased.