Well we just have to crow over here!
Our Good Egg Interview Jodi-Picoult chicken’s namesake – Jodi Picoult – (and fellow Granite Stater) has just released her latest literary masterpiece – Sing You Home. (and for those of you who doubt that any of Jodi’s books are masterpieces – go ahead and read one, any one – you’ll be convinced.)
In Sing You Home Jodi once again does what she is so good at. She takes a current issue that you think may be straight forward and turns it on its head. The story line is a compelling grab-it-by-the-throat look at what constitutes a parent and family. Her characters live, breath, and bleed from deep cuts as they wind themselves throughout the story.
Sing You Home revolves around a music therapist which makes music and rhythm an integral part of the story. So how does a writer integrate music into the text (other than the trite attempt of some authors to include stanza after stanza of lyrics – which if we’re going to be honest here I always skip)?
The answer is by supplying the music with the book.
Included with this novel is a CD of music intended to create the tone for each chapter (there are indications in the book for when to play each song.). It contains original music by Ellen Wilber with lyrics by Jodi. How cool is that? Jodi envisioned a soundtrack when writing and was able to create it as part of the story.
I will forever bow down to anyone who pushes the literary creativity envelope like this.
Thanks for writing another great book, Jodi. Little Jodi-Picoult and I adore Sing You Home and we wish you nothing but the best and many more delightful stories ahead.