Im März diesen Jahres erscheint Jodi Picoult neustes (Meister-)Werk „Sing you home“. Natürlich dreht es sich auch hier wieder um ein gesellschaftlich brisantes Thema. Genauer gesagt, geht es um folgendes:
„Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare – one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist – using music clinically to soothe burn victims in a hospital; to help Alzheimer’s patients connect with the present; to provide solace for hospice patients. When Vanessa – a guidance counselor – asks her to work with a suicidal teen, their relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family, again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max.
Meanwhile, Max has found peace at the bottom of a bottle – until he is redeemed by an evangelical church, whose charismatic pastor – Clive Lincoln – has vowed to fight the “homosexual agenda” that has threatened traditional family values in America. But this mission becomes personal for Max, when Zoe and her same-sex partner say they want permission to raise his unborn child.
SING YOU HOME explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, and how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system. Are embryos people or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption? What happens when religion and sexual orientation – two issues that are supposed to be justice-blind – enter the courtroom? And most importantly, what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age?“
Für diese Neuerscheinung hat sich die Bestseller-Autorin etwas besonderes einfallen lassen: Zu jedem Hardcover gibt es – in Anlehnung an Protagonistin/ Musiktherapeutin Zoe – eine CD mit eigens für dieses Buch komponierten Songs der Musikerin Ellen Wilber. Auch die Buchtour durch den nordamerikanischen Raum wird Picoult mit Wilber und deren Gitarre gemeinsam bestreiten.