by Jodi Picoult
Read by Therese Plummer & Brian Hutchinson
Published by Recorded Books
Purchased through Audible.com
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.
This was another heart-wrenching story from Jodi Picoult. I was completely drawn in by the characters in this novel. The subject matter is so explosive. When I started this one, I wasn't sure what to expect. I only knew that it involved music (which I love) and it was by Jodi Picoult (who I also love).
What I didn't expect was the second half of the novel to become a battle between Evangelical Christians and the LGBT community. This book was very powerful. People cling to their beliefs so hard that sometimes it leads them to behave in ways that go against the very grain of what they preach. I think that Ms. Picoult handled this topic with the respect and delicacy that it deserved, while making very important points.
My favorite quote: "Jesus says we're supposed to love everyone, no matter what."
Perhaps it doesn't mean as much to you out of context, but it was a turning point for a few of the characters and I loved it. No matter where you come down on the issues addressed in this novel, you will be left examining your motives and priorities.