Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, Long Island, in 1966 but moved to New Hampshire with her family as a teenager. Writing was Jodi's passion from a young age and she wrote her first story at the age of five. While at Princeton University, Jodi published two short stories in Seventeen Magazine. After completing a masters at Harvard University, Jodi took a number of jobs before publishing her debut novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale, in 1992.
Since then, Jodi has gone on to publish 21 novels, the latest of which is The Storyteller. A number of her novels have been turned into feature films, including The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, Salem Falls and My Sister's Keeper which starred Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. Jodi received the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction in 2003 and has sold more than 14 million copies of her books worldwide.
Jodi married Timothy Warren Van Leer in 1989 after meeting at college. The pair live in Hanover, New Hampshire with their three children, Sammy, Kyle and Jake.
At first glance The Storyteller is not what we've come to expect from Jodi Picoult. It is a deeply emotional tale intricately layered and beautifully executed by an accomplished story teller. The story introduces Sage Singer, a local baker who has few friends until she meets Josef Weber, a retired teacher and much-loved member of the community. Josef asks Sage for a favour which turns her world upside down and leads her to question the opinions that have shaped the framework of her entire existence. Josef reveals a dark and troubling secret from the aftermath of war and although Sage isn't religious, her own family history leaves her questioning if she is carrying out revenge, or justice?
Interview with Jodi Picoult
Richard and Judy spoke to Jodi Picoult for WHSmith about her latest novel, The Storyteller. Jodi explained that she writes because there are a lot of questions to which she doesn't know the answers; for her, writing is the art of "thrashing it out". Richard and Judy explain how Jodi's stories normally centre on a moral dilemma and The Storyteller is no different; it's set in the present day but rooted in the Holocaust. Jodi explains what drove her to write the story and why baking is such an important theme.