Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community.
Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him.
Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard.
And Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door?
Can someone who's committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior?
Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged?
And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge ... or justice?
About the Author
is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
Picoult was born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island; her family moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. She has described her family as "non-practicing Jewish". Picoult wrote her first story at age 5, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood"
She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University.
She has been married to Timothy Warren Van Leer since 1989, whom she met while in college. They and their three children, Sammy, Kyle, and Jake, and a handful of pets, live in Hanover, New Hampshire.