Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria Books
Goodreads: One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter’s marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. Like her House Rules and several other previous Jodi Picoult novels, Sing You Home grapples with hot button issues. The novel also includes a CD of songs, each matched with a chapter in the book. Perfect for book clubs.
Ope’s Opinion: Very predictable. A court case ensues as usual with Jodi Picoult.
I wish Picoult had be more objective in her writing the Christian characters. It may have made me more sympathetic with the story. I do like my thoughts and views being challenged by seeing things from another perspective, but lets represent all views accurately.
I did enjoy the struggle of who has custody of an embryo – having nothing to do with sexual orientation. Would Max have fought just as hard if Zoe’s partner were male? What makes a family has been changed over the years, I think it will continue to change.
Overall the book was a bit long and the ending tied up into a bow. Not sure it was what really happens in todays world.