Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick: Sing You Home

Release Date: March 1, 2011
Summary from Jodi Picoult's website:

Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare – one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist – using music clinically to soothe burn victims in a hospital; to help Alzheimer’s patients connect with the present; to provide solace for hospice patients. When Vanessa – a guidance counselor -- asks her to work with a suicidal teen, their relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family, again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max.
Meanwhile, Max has found peace at the bottom of a bottle – until he is redeemed by an evangelical church, whose charismatic pastor – Clive Lincoln – has vowed to fight the “homosexual agenda” that has threatened traditional family values in America. But this mission becomes personal for Max, when Zoe and her same-sex partner say they want permission to raise his unborn child.
SING YOU HOME explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, and how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system. Are embryos people or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption? What happens when religion and sexual orientation – two issues that are supposed to be justice-blind – enter the courtroom? And most importantly, what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age?

To read an excerpt, visit Jodi Picoult's website.

I always find Picoult's books interesting as she finds a moral/ethical dilemma to explore. This book sounds very interesting and bound to bring about lots of discussion.


Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Thanks you.....I NEVER miss one of her books. Great pick Tina (wasn't aware of this one).

Kate said...

Wow, what a great plot! Even without the added tension of the homosexual ex-wife and the homophobic ex-husband, the idea of allowing an ex to raise your child using frozen embryos made during the marriage- with another person- would be conflicting enough. I will definitely be on the look out for this book!

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

Wowzers! This one sounds emotional. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but this one sounds like one I’d enjoy. Great pick!

Alayne said...

Crazy enough, I have not ever read anything by Jodi. Great pick! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

Shan said...

I haven't been that fond of her writing, but I love that she is not afraid to take on the difficult topics of today and this one is taking on a lot! Can't wait to see how the story plays out.

Meg said...

I've yet to read anything by Picoult, but holy cow -- that sounds very dynamic and powerful! I just might start there.

Kate said...

I love Jodi Picoult! I love how she takes on issues of morality - she's the perfect example of fiction that really makes you think.