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Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life)

A Novel

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Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes the novella Larger Than Life

Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet—a book unlike anything she’s written before.
 
For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
 
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
 
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

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Praise for Leaving Time

 
“Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.”The Boston Globe
 
“Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.”The Washington Post
 
“A riveting drama.”Us Weekly
 
“[A] moving tale.”People
 
“A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.”USA Today
 
“In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.”Bookreporter
 
“[A] captivating and emotional story.”BookPage
 
“With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on.”Woman’s Day
 
“A moving and emotional story.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“A truly engaging read . . . Full of the deep characters and multilayered story lines that have earned [Picoult] a spot in many readers’ hearts.”Library Journal
 
“Delivers a powerhouse ending.”Booklist
 
“Memorable and poignant.”Publishers Weekly

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 16, 2014 – Picoult's (The Storyteller) novel explores grief, memory, and motherhood through the unlikely lens of elephant behavior. Jenna Metcalf was three years old when her mother, Alice, disappeared from the elephant sanctuary where she worked as a researcher. Ten years later, Jenna is ready to launch a search. After poring over her mother's research journals, consulting the Internet, and visiting her father in the mental institution where he's been since shortly after the disappearance, she enlists outside assistance from Serenity Jones, a once-famous psychic whose gift appears to have deserted her, and Virgil Stanhope, the gruff, alcoholic ex-police detective who was once assigned to Alice's case. With their help, Jenna finds new evidence at the now-closed sanctuary and begins to piece together the events of the night her mother disappeared, leading her to a few uncomfortable truths about the past, but bringing much-needed closure to her and her dad. Longtime fans of Picoult will recognize some of her stock characters the precocious, sassy teenager; the distant, philosophical mother; the curmudgeonly surrogate father figure as well the her trademark twist ending, which may well be her strangest to date. When she diverges from her usual formula her storytelling skills are most evident. The pachyderms are as complex as the humans, making the journey memorable and poignant.

Customer Reviews

Jodi is such an amazing author..

She never fails.. This new book takes you on such a journey. You get to the end, and you're not disappointed with the story one bit, you're just disappointed that you don't have more to read. I guess it's back to waiting.. For her next novel of course! I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone. Great story. Incredible twist towards the end. I actually feel like I've learned something. Love it. :)

Not at all what I was expecting

I've read many Jodi Picoult books. I knew to expect the unexpected, but I did not predict the ending this book would have. I did not expect the knowledge I would gain that is true to existing elephant lives right now. This book was well researched and written in true Jodi fashion of bringing the characters to life and going on the journey with them.

Not yet done but in love.

The first few chapters alone leaves me fully mesmerized. I've loved Jodi for years because her books leave me desperate for another. While Nineteen Minutes and The Tenth Circle are my personal favorites, the rest are all pivotal moments in my literature life. Thank you Jodi for the years of reading bliss!!

Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life)
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 14, 2014
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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