Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with "a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings" (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with "a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings" (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman -- the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her. The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County -- known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn's mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby. One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court "victory" has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn't look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt's home in Paradise. Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own. Immersing herself in Katie Fisher's life -- and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty -- Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live "plain." As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie's past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love -- and her own deepest fears and desires. Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith -- and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds. ...Continua Nascondi
Like every other novels of Jody Picoult I have read, also Plain Truth underlines the excellent style of the writer, her bright eye for detail, her delicate but at the same time complex way to describe the human relationships. The story can be reaLike every other novels of Jody Picoult I have read, also Plain Truth underlines the excellent style of the writer, her bright eye for detail, her delicate but at the same time complex way to describe the human relationships. The story can be read form different points of view, as each chapter is dedicated to the most important characters who tell us what happens throughout their feelings and their opinions. We know how Katie Fisher, an Amish eighteen years old girl who lives according to the literal teachings of Christ. Katie has been accused of murdering her child, but committing a murder is the most arrogant act there is for Plain folks: to decide you have the power of God, to take someone else's life. This is the defensive line taken by Kate's lawyer Ellie Hathaway a young 39 years old woman and Kate's distant cousin. In preparation for the trial, Ellie lives with the Fishers on their farm and learns the customs of the Amish. The very first thing you learn as an Amish kid is that there's always a higher authority to yield to--whether it's your parents, the greater good of the community, or God. They're people, like anyone else. But the difference is that they try to lead a quiet, peaceful Christian life . Katie wanted to get married, to have children, but she'd always assumed it would happen the way it happened to everyone else in her world. Discovering she was pregnant with an English man's child, and unwed--both glaringly against the Amish norm--it led right to being shunned, which was something her mind wasn't equipped to handle. She doesn't know about murder, she can't remember exactly what happened that morning when her child was born, but she does know how to fix things in her life when they're messed up. If you make a mistake and you repent, you're forgiven. You're welcomed back. If you lie, and keep lying, there won't be a place for you. She doesn't know how to be selfish and she isn't certainly not selfish enough to kill another human being with intent. If you follow the Ordnung, you are right. If you break the rules, you get shunned. Ellie puts in evidence that our culture promotes individuality, while the Amish are deeply entrenched in community. She has based an entire legal defence on the fact that an Amish woman would not, could not, commit murder. So, who is the guilty? The baby had disappeared when Katie was asleep--and the reason she didn't remember wrapping and hiding his body was because she had not been the one to do it. Until the end of the novel we don't know what exactly happened and in addition to this there is a twist that leaves the reader without words...
I read Picoult’s The Pact last year, I’ve recently read Plain Truth. The two plots are not comparable, but I can say that I enjoyed The Pact much better for the fact that as soon as I finished the book I blurted out “wow.” However, Plain Truth was aI read Picoult’s The Pact last year, I’ve recently read Plain Truth. The two plots are not comparable, but I can say that I enjoyed The Pact much better for the fact that as soon as I finished the book I blurted out “wow.” However, Plain Truth was a good book.
Picoult is a master of drawing the reader in. I also found the story interesting because it takes place where I live in central Pennsylvania. An unwed Amish teenager gives birth to a baby alone in a barn. The next day the baby is found dead and the mother is charged with its murder. The story leads the reader through Amish customs and lifestyle to show the affect that this type of pregnancy has on the community. The story was very good; however, I thought the ending was predictable. Although the book doesn’t specifically say, it’s implied that there wasn’t actually a murder and that the baby died of a natural cause, but the person who covered up the death was predictable. I take this into account when comparing it with The Pact which had a very surprising ending.
Although the underlying ghost story running throughout the book is really intriguing to me, it felt out of place. Picoult tries to build multi-dimensional characters and stories, but in Plain Truth the integration of these layers is a bit rough.
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I really liked learning about the Amish and their culture, their beliefs. The book is very suspenseful. This was the first book I read from Jodi Picoult. Later, by reading more books by her, I discovered she loves tragedy and most times there is goinI really liked learning about the Amish and their culture, their beliefs. The book is very suspenseful. This was the first book I read from Jodi Picoult. Later, by reading more books by her, I discovered she loves tragedy and most times there is going to be a court trial involved. However, her novels are generally based on very controversial, thought provoking subjects and that is always entertaining, at least in my case....Continua Nascondi