Summary: Sage is of Jewish descent, her grandmother having come to the United States from Poland at the end of World War II. In recent years Sage has lost both of her parents. After the loss of her mother, Sage begins attending a grief support group. It is there that she meets an elderly man by the name of Joseph. They become fast friends and it isn’t long before Josef tells Sage that he has a secret to tell her and a request to make. The secret: He was an SS officer during World War II. The request: To forgive him and then help him die.
In case anyone is reading this and worrying that I gave away the end of the book, have no fear. When I write my reviews I never talk about anything that doesn’t happen in the first 100 pages of the book, so you still have 360 pages of amazing was left in this book.
And this book truly was amazing. As it goes on Sage discovers who Josef was during the war along with finally hearing her grandmother’s story. There was just something about this book, reading both sides of a World War II story. This book is a work of fiction, the characters are made up, but I’m sure a lot of what I read actually happened during the war because Jodi Picoult does so much research before she writes her books.
I highly recommend reading this, especially if you’re a fan of historical fiction.
Next up for me is The Great Gatsby!