Leaving Time (Hardcover)
Virgie's Staff Pick (October 2014): This latest novel by Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time, strays from her previous books, and I loved it! This is a mystery of a teen searching for her missing mother, enlisting the help of a psychic and ex-cop. All I can say is that the ending is entirely unpredictable!
This book left me with much more than a good story! Through the fictional character, Alice, who studied the grieving habits, mothering skills and memory of elephants, I gained insight into the amazing cognition and emotional intelligence of these beautiful animals!
If I were an elephant I’d trumpet Leaving Time.— From Virgie's Picks
October 2014 Indie Next List
“Jenna Metcalf was born into what should have been an idyllic life in a sanctuary where her mother studied grief in elephants. When Jenna was very young, a tragic event occurred and her mother disappeared. As a teenager, Jenna tries to reclaim her past by attempting to discover both who her mother was and what happened to her. She gains help from two unlikely allies: a former psychic who specialized in missing persons and a failed detective who was originally involved with investigating the tragedy. Together they follow the trail, finding transformation and connection in the race to discover the truth. Fascinating lore about elephant behavior enhances this tale about grief and the bonds of love between mother and child that persist across time and species. Emotionally wrenching, with an unexpected but transcendent conclusion, this is a great read!”
— Deb Fliegel, River Lights Bookstore, Dubuque, IA
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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. 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
About the Author
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.