Plain Truth

Plain Truth

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"The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County -- known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn's mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby. One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court "victory" has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn't look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt's home in Paradise. Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own. Immersing herself in Katie Fisher's life -- and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty -- Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live "plain." As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie's past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love -- and her own deepest fears and desires. Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith -- and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2000
Branch Call Number: FICTION PIC
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 24 cm

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superreader64
Nov 29, 2018

Well-written, great book.

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NanCcan
Jun 15, 2016

Once again, we are invited into the hearts and minds of people with whom we would never have become so well acquainted had Jodi Picoult not done her research so well, and had she not led us to see and feel how the situation is viewed by everyone touched by the incident. Our backgrounds give us biases that Jodi Picoult tears away.
I enjoyed this book as much as her other books.

gb505 Sep 12, 2014

diana recomends

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Eil_1
Jun 26, 2013

Another excellent book by Picoult. Lots of background information on the Amish way of life. The ending came as a surprise for me, although, based on their culture and religion, it should not have. The cultures that give the Male the right to rule his family has led to tragedy in so many cases - as is shown in this story.

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bklerner
Jul 11, 2012

Although many of her books seem similar, this one was different because there was no
'disease of the week." Picoult has a nice writing style, but I could see some would think it'snot very exciting.

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KKPGIRL
May 14, 2012

I liked this book, even though it was very slow. There are a lot of philosophical sentences in here that were very deep and meaningful. I was very undecided for most of the book if Katie was guilty or not. I liked Ellie, but I kept thinking she was in her late 20s to early 30s, rather than 37 years old. Towards the ending, I thought that we'd never find out what happened to Baby Fisher after Katie fell asleep, but the last few pages are a complete shock and answer a lot of questions. I didn't realize there was a movie of this book until I was almost finished reading, so I'm going to watch the movie and compare it to the book. I have a feeling that the movie might be better, mostly because it will be shorter and more action-packed than the book. Overall, I liked this book, but it was very slow and tended to get boring easily.

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kristen89
Apr 13, 2012

Not a bad book. I enjoyed the look into the Amish way of life and how they live. As I was reading I felt that I had read it before, but couldn't remember how it ended. I wonder if the jury would have found her guilty or not since they were out so many days trying to decide.

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TheIronLibrarian
Mar 01, 2012

One of Picoult's best works, by my estimate. I learned a great deal about life in an Amish community, reading this book. This was a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking read.

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shupaB
Aug 29, 2011

My fave Picoult book, so interesting and as always a kicker in the end. Suspense all the way through.

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Riceyy
Jul 14, 2011

I think this was one of Jodi Picoult's best novels. Really descriptive, well thought out, and the story line was so original. Wonderful book. A little disturbing at the ending though.

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