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SING YOU HOME
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
In Sing You Home, Picoult revisits her tried-and-true formula: a contentious, hot-button issue (in this case, gay marriage), told through multiple viewpoints. She turns the familiar elements into a tender, compassionate examination of what it means when we talk about “family,” proving that tales of dysfunctional family pathos are not the sole domain of male novelists such as Jonathan Franzen.
When Zoe Baxter, a music therapist who works with depressed, terminally ill and hospitalized patients, suffers a miscarriage, she is determined to keep trying for a baby with her husband, Max. After 10 years of infertility problems, however, Max is unable to withstand further disappointment and divorces his wife.
Zoe takes solace in the arms of a friend, Vanessa, who rather unexpectedly becomes her lover. Max takes a very different path. He searches for himself at the bottom of a bottle, and ultimately finds redemption via an evangelical church … whose mission, coincidentally, is to fight the “homosexual agenda” in America. Max and Zoe find themselves back in court, at the center of a fight being waged over reproductive rights. The resulting courtroom drama doesn’t stop twisting and turning until the final page. (ATRIA, Mar., 466 pp., $28.00)
Reviewed By: Andrew Shaffer
Published: March 2011