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By Jodi Picoult
An remarkable novel approximately redemption and forgiveness from the “amazingly proficient author” (Huffington Post) and number one New York occasions bestselling writer Jodi Picoult.
Some tales dwell eternally . . .
Sage Singer is a baker. She works in the course of the evening, getting ready the day’s breads and pastries, attempting to break out a fact of loneliness, undesirable stories, and the shadow of her mother’s demise. whilst Josef Weber, an aged guy in Sage’s grief aid team, starts off preventing by means of the bakery, they strike up an not likely friendship. regardless of their changes, they see in one another the hidden scars that others can’t.
every little thing adjustments at the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful mystery and asks Sage for a unprecedented want. If she says convinced, she faces not just ethical repercussions, yet in all likelihood felony ones in addition. With the integrity of the nearest pal she’s ever had clouded, Sage starts to query the assumptions and expectancies she’s made approximately her existence and her relatives. during this searingly sincere novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we are going to move so as to continue the prior from dictating the longer term.
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