By Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Isbn-10: 0671776134 | Isbn-13: 9780671776138 | Publish date: 03/04/2001
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A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amish country -- and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm....
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within -- to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life -- and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.
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 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...
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這部的主軸背景是阿米緒人 主角是費雪家的18歲小女兒凱蒂 被控謀殺甫出生的男嬰 剛完成一樁委任案的紅牌律師艾莉 返回舅媽農場休息 擺脫都市中一切的不真實 在舅媽的請求下 她答應當不歡迎外人的阿米緒女孩凱蒂的辯護律師 只是 凱蒂從未對她說真話 這讓一向打勝戰的艾莉很挫敗 真實的真相是 凱蒂和被逐出阿米緒社區的哥哥每月往來一次 藉由探視哥哥她認識了哥哥的好友兼房東亞當 兩人陷入愛戀並發生關係 亞當以靈魂的探索為主題離開前往愛爾蘭 凱蒂卻意外懷孕 32週時提前分娩在牛欄內 昏迷不醒幾分鐘後 嬰兒不見了 她回房睡覺 把一切交予天父 直到隔天早上被發現嬰屍 經檢察官相驗是窒息而亡 凱蒂被控謀殺 ..
我覺得 並沒有如書評所言 的到最後劇情急轉直下 反而在一開始故意忽略凱蒂的父母 讓人很容易猜到 在凱蒂昏迷時 把嬰孩抱走的是母親 因為現場還留有一個和凱蒂一樣大的鞋印 還好最後證實 嬰孩是感染了病毒出生即死亡 凱蒂不提抗辯 全案以判凱蒂一年期電子腳繚終結 艾莉與大學男友也因這案子再續前緣而復合
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