Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
Read an interview with Picoult HERE.
And another HERE.
"I've read quite a few of Jodi Picoult's books, but this new one has crawled into my soul. The amazing amount of research she's done for this book is amazing, and much of it is heartbreaking. The elephants and the people in this book have a lot in common. Most have been abused in some sort of way, had a child taken away, lost friends and family in horrible ways, and all of them have been deeply misunderstood. The emotions that come from and threw the book were intense and often raw that brought tears to my eyes over and over again. I can't even to begin the explain the many layers that are in this book, especially the ending. Read it for yourself, keep some tissues near, and let this book wash over you. You won't be sorry."