Plain Truth

Plain Truth

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At the family dairy farm in Pennsylvania Amish country, eighteen-year-old unwed Katie Fisher is accused of birthing and then smothering her baby. Although Katie claims her innocence and says she didn't even bear the child, Philadelphia lawyer Ellie Hathaway may be Katie's only hope.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2000
Branch Call Number: FICTION PIC PBK
Characteristics: viii, 405 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780671776121
0671776126

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SkokieStaff_Lukie Oct 23, 2015

A Philadelphia attorney moves into the farmhouse of an Amish family as guardian and defense lawyer for a teenager accused of killing her newborn. While much of the novel revolves around the trial, Picoult dramatically reveals the sacrifices and pressures of the "plain" way of life.


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SR806
May 22, 2020

I have become a big fan of Jodi Picoult novels. I really enjoyed Plain Truth and had trouble putting it down. I found that the wonderful descriptions of the Amish community and characters very interesting. Combined with the English characters, this made for a very good read in my opinion.

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Klimo1
Jan 24, 2020

I started to read this book and then realized that I had already read it years ago. :) Very good book!

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milburnmom
Oct 25, 2019

Read Summer of 2018.

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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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