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Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Plain Truth (original 2000; edition 2000)

by Jodi Picoult

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Title:Plain Truth
Authors:Jodi Picoult
Info:Atria (2004), Hardcover, 416 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Picoult, mystery, Amish, crime drama, courtroom drama

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Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult (2000)

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A quick read, predictable (down to the 'twist' at the end, typical of Jodi Picoult), but still interesting. One issue I had was that certain things were left unexplained, or seemed unnecessary. For example, one character says she sees ghosts, and happens to meet a ghost hunter and date him, but nothing ever comes of it, and it is never explained to others that this is how they met. It seemed like a stretch. However, for the most part it was a decent read; the book moved along at a decent pace, keeping the reader going to see what would happen next.
  GretchenLynn | Aug 12, 2015 |
Angus and Robertson Top 100 (2006 - 2008) Book #87
This is another great book by a great author! A very interesting look at the Amish way of life. Also an interesting look at the American legal system and the difficulties that anyone who doesn't fit "the norm" can face if having to be involved with it. A good book to read. ( )
  amme_mr | May 5, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading this one. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
I loved this book, it was very hard to put down, after I started reading. I just wanted to know how it all would end.

I'm happy that I read Rumspringa before this book: now I had a bit more an idea about the Amish and their way of living.

As far as I can judge, Picoult has done a fine job describing life on the farm, the dilemmas Katie and the people around her face when she has a child out of wedlock, that also dies.
The outcome of it all sent shivers down my spine. Too bad I've finished... But that's the curse of a good book: don't want to put it down, but don't want to finish either... ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Aug 4, 2014 |
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

For most of us personal achievement is a goal in and of itself. For the Amish being a member of the community is what is important. These two conflicting world views collide when attorney Ellie Hathaway agrees to defend Katie Fisher, her distant 18-year-old Amish cousin, against the charge that she killed premature newborn infant son.
Katie denies both the murder & the birth which means she is either mentally unstable or lying. Given her religious faith the latter is unbelievable and as Ellie gets to know Katie the former becomes less and less believable as well. Where does the truth lie?
Although this question is answered by the end of the book, Plain Truth is less a mystery than it is a fascinating work of fiction about the Amish life as compared to the secular life led by Ellie Hathaway. In order to keep Katie out of jail pending the trial she agrees to take custody of Katie which means living on the Fisher family's farm and integrating into some of their "Plain" ways.
This premise does not come across as contrived in the context of the story. The narrative, the main and secondary characters, and the setting of the "Plain" culture are seamlessly integrated to create a very strong work of fiction. ( )
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For my dad, Myron Picoult, who taught me to be an original.

There are not many men in the world who can sneeze like a duck, spy hales of bay, make very bad puns...and cherish their daughters so completely.

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A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amish country, and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the centre of the storm...The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen year old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania to defend Katie, two cutures collide, and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live 'plain', Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within, to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past re-enters her life.

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The discovery of a dead baby under a pile of old blankets in Aaron Fisher's barn sets off a scandal in Amish country and an investigation that could implicate Fisher's eighteen-year-old daughter.

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