Book: Jodi Picoult - Sing You Home

Never one to shy away from controversial issuesPicoult juggles several social hot potatoes in her latest novel, including same-sex marriage, infertility, Christian evangelism and gay parenthood.

After she has struggled for years to fall pregnant Zoe’s marriage implodes and she and her husband, Max, go their separate ways.

She falls in love with Vanessa and he becomes a born-again Christian.

Still desperate to have a child, Zoe remembers the embryos she and Max froze during her fertility treatments.

For medical reasons she can’t be impregnated again but Vanessa is willing to act as a surrogate. Their only problem is Max, who believes homosexuality is a sin and is determined to stop them.

This sets in motion the mother-of-all courtroom showdowns.

Picoult was inspired to write her 18th novel after her son told her he was gay. Although it’s obvious whose side she’s on she still manages to deliver a surprising and touching ending.

Sing You HOme by Jodi Picoult

Hodder & Stoughton, R159,95

Rating: 4/5