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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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I had to admit.. it was a little hard for me to latch on to the story at the beginning. Similar to what I thought of The Descendants, I found it a bit hard to read. The only reason I kept at it was so I could finish it as soon as possible and get on to the next book I had in my stash.

If I was truthful, the only thing I looked forward to was how Ellie was going to present her defense. I know Jodi (Picoult)is acclaimed for her detailed court scenes and her extensive knowledge of law (in my opinion, anyways). But I have to say, it was a little disappointing. Not in the sense of the trial, though. Jodi never ceases to amaze with her knowledge. I didn't really get the story, but then again, it might just be me.

The thing that DID make an impact on me, though, was the description of the Amish life. As I was reading the book, I got interested in their way of life; how family is of utmost importance, and how unique their idea of blending in (as opposed to 'our world' where everyone wants to stand out). I felt eager to try and live the Amish life myself. Being the social network freak that I am, I think it would be good for me and a good break from it, as much as I'm literally on Facebook almost the whole day. Another thing I know I would take some times getting used to was waking up so early and have literally the entire day filled with doing chores, under the hot sun, with no air conditioning. Coming from a person who perspires like a freaking pig. (I'm not even kidding. >

Story-wise, I'm just glad I finished the book. It's definitely one I wouldn't re-read again, though. I've even decided that I'd take a break from Picoult books for a good long while. But who knows? I may just purchase another Picoult series in the future. ( )
  KrystleLow | Oct 27, 2016 |
This was an intriguing read and it gave a wonderful insight into the Amish culture. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jul 4, 2016 |
Plain Truth is the reason I've only read one Jodi Picoult book. I got caught up in what I saw as inconsistencies was Katie's pregnancy 10 months long? Was anything but hearsay and speculation presented at the trial? and that kept me from getting caught up in the story itself. The ending wasn't convincing (for me, at least) but by then I didn't really care. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Very interesting look into the Amish life,but as with most Jodi Picoult books I was very disappointed in the ending. ( )
  jldhuse | Jun 7, 2016 |
I finished the book, Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult. tTe book was fabulous. It was a wonderful story about an Amish family who's eighteen year old daughter was charged with first degree murder. The victim was her newborn baby boy, stuffed under some horse blankets in the barn.

After the infant was found Katie denied having a baby. A short time later standing on the landing of her porch talking to someone who just seen the baby dead, seen blood running down Katie’s leg. She started screaming, "It's just my monthly". Katie was in denial.

"I was not pregnant".....," I had no Baby" was her words in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

It was such a great read that I had a hard time putting it down. It was extremely educational about the Amish people and how they lived. They called themselves the plain people. There families and Amish friends all live in acres of attached farm land. Their families work from early morning till dusk no matter what the weather brought. Men, women and children harvest what they grew, did their own canning, made hand sewn quilts and labored in many more ways to make a profit to feed their families and help other Amish families get stated. Their quiet religious people who live for the plain life. These people live without the comforts of electricity, powered machinery, electric appliances and so much more. Their happiness is keeping their families together, doing house chores and farming with their hands, abiding by the Amish rules and going to church on Sunday's.

In between reading about the Amish people's chores, farming needs, their upbringing and rules of their religion which, was vividly described to the highest, there was other situations like the physical and emotional times that Ellie, the attorney was going through and the surprise situation she kept finding herself in. Also, the personal mediate intervention between the Amish boyfriend and the biological father was also introduced to the reader as Katie's lapsing memory was coming back piece by piece. Many more issues surfaced throughout the book that I'll leave suspended for some other reader to bare.

As sad and confused as Katie was during her trial she only wanted to be put on the stand and confess the truth. Her attorney wanted to go with an insanity plea but Katie would not allow people to think she was insane before and after she delivered her baby. She made so many mistakes at the beginning of the situation that she just want to tell her story.....And what a story she told............
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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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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