Friday, March 4, 2011

Picoult's New Book--And Soundtrack

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. Includes a CD of original songs:

Music by Ellen Wilber

Lyrics by Jodi Picoult

All songs performed by Ellen Wilber

Jackie says:

"Picoult has pulled out all the stops in this book. Infertility, sexuality issues, morality issues, alcoholism, high school social issues, the myth/meaning/reality of marriage, suicide, grief, love, friendship, parenting, family dynamics, religious tensions, societal bias, medical drama, communication, prejudice, legal challenges strait off of today's news, and more. Including a soundtrack--an actual CD of songs written by Picoult and sung by a friend of hers in the voice of the book's main character, Zoe (who is a musician and music therapist). It's a huge undertaking, but Picoult does pull it off in yet another page turning, heart-wrenching drama that does not disappoint."

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