Leaving Time

Leaving Time

Book - 2015 | Ballantine Books trade paperback edition
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#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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2015
Edition: Ballantine Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780345544940
Branch Call Number: FIC Pico
Characteristics: 480 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 26, 2018

It was slow at times but an incredible twist at the end. I learned so much about elephants! It was worth it!

Nov 08, 2017

Ugh... this was the 2nd JP book I slogged through. I gamely tried JP again after my 1st try (Small Great Things), but there was zero improvement!
By the time I'd read Leaving Time, her formula became clear to me... within 9 months(!): pick an idea, skim research it, develop a plot, people it with unbelievable & extreme characters, do not develop those characters, have characters ask endless questions about minutae, constantly lecture the reader, end every chapter with a one line zinger, publish the book, etc, etc.
Just goes to demonstrate yet again... just because a book and/or author is a bestseller/trendy/popular doesn't mean they're/it's worth reading. As another reviewer astutely said... she'll never win any sort of literary prize for her output.

Aug 03, 2017

An enthralling summer read – it's a page turner, I love elephants, and am intrigued with the paranormal world. Although Picoult is sometimes faulted for being formulaic in her writing, it’s a successful formula that captivates the reader, challenges truth through differing character perspectives, and provokes thought with her themes. Many parallels of the grieving process in elephants juxtaposed to Alice & Jenna. Not to mention a gob-smacking ending!

Jul 26, 2017

5 out of 5 for sure! I have read almost all of Jodi Picoult's books. She is my favourite writer. With this said, I have to say that this is by far my favourite book written by her. I loved learning all of the information about elephants and the book kept me guessing as to what the ending would be like. I enjoyed each of the characters and how each was different, but really contributed to the storyline. I would definitely recommend this book.

Jun 26, 2017

This book was beautifully written. The daughter's quest to find her mother and the mystery behind it had me intrigued the entire way through the book. I had a hard time putting it down. The mother's research about elephants was equally as fascinating. I totally disagree with one reader's comments that the author did " tremendous damage to the issue of elephant welfare" because of the author's "woo woo" psychic storyline. Any awareness for animal rights is good awareness. In fact, thanks to this book, I will be adding the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to my list of animal welfare charities that I donate to.

Jun 23, 2017

Apart from the characters all being caricatures and very poorly developed as people, the story could have been reasonably interesting had the author not so obviously used it as a way to advocate for her belief in psychic phenomen and elephant welfare. At one point she goes on and on about Einstein believing in communication with the dead as proof that this really happens. The story becomes ridiculous because of this willingness to accept woo woo concepts as reality and to develop that concept to an absolutely ridiculous level.

More importantly to me, the author does tremendous damage to the issue of elephant welfare because she is mixing it with woo woo psychic foolishness and the reader can't trust that anything she author says about elephants is anywhere close to the truth. It's unfortunate that Ms Picoult doesn't understand that "you can't poop in the water and not have it contaminate the whole pool".

Jun 22, 2017

I listened to this on Audio and loved it. What is that ending! It left me breathless!
What a great story and I even enjoyed learning about elephants. Recommended.

Jun 19, 2017

Moving. My first Picoult book. She is a master of the plot. Kudos for giving voice to the atrocities suffered by elephants at the hands of humans, although this does not permeate the book. As a small contributor to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, I appreciate the book's elucidation of many aspects of elephants, both in sanctuaries and in the wild. I had to put the book down and take a breather several times, as both the fiction and the fact are very emotional experiences. Completely unexpected outcome. I just finished it last night and I think I'll be mourning for Gideon for quite a while. Disclaimer: I've been studying "the other side" since 1978 and have had some personal experiences in this area, so this isn't as "fictional" to me as it may be to others.

Apr 22, 2017

Complicated, cryptic, thought-provoking (and if you’re not thinking, you won’t ‘get it’ until the end), satisfying. . . and we learn about ourselves and elephants, too! Jodi Picoult succeeds again.

Mar 26, 2017

took a bit to get into since it was a lot about elephants, but it was a great ending that totally stumped me!!!

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Jul 15, 2015

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