After enjoying a Jodi Piccoult’s novel for the first time recently (Change of Heart), I was excited to read another of her literary works. Plain Truth, though, lacked the fluidity and can’t-wait-to-get-to-the-next-page suspense of Change of Heart. Plain Truth is one of her earlier works so perhaps Piccoult didn’t grow into her literary skin until later. I very very almost read the book in it’s entirety despite not being fond of it. I finally gave up on the mundane plot and methodical dialogue 40 or so pages from the end. The storyline and ending were predictable from the first few chapters so reading as far as I did felt like a waste of time. Even the few “surprises” thrown in every hundred pages weren’t all too interesting.
I did learn quite a bit about the Amish lifestyle and their way of thinking. Previously, my only conceptions of the Amish were old-fashioned clothing, the lack of electricity, and farming. Heck, I wasn’t even aware that Amish people followed Christianity. This novel at least allowed me to gain a sense of respect for the selflessness and incorruptible nature of the Amish.
Towards the end of the novel, I still didn’t feel an emotional connection to either of the two main characters. Katie, a young 18-year old Amish girl, has been accused of committing neonaticide of her first-born son. Yes, the thought of a naive conscionable person being imprisoned for something she didn’t purposefully do is sad, but I didn’t really care what happened to her because she wasn’t all that likable and I didn’t get a chance to really “know” her.
I’ll give Piccoult another chance before turning my back possibly for good…