LEAVING TIME WAS A GOODREADS RECOMMENDED NEW RELEASE THIS OCTOBER. I FINALLY FINISHED AND ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE. IT IS A CLEVER TALE THAT ALSO EXPLAINS THE PLIGHT OF THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT POPULATION TO POACHING FOR THEIR IVORY TUSKS. JODI INTERWEAVES HER TWO SHORT STORIES, LARGER THAN LIFE AND WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, INTO THIS CREATIVE BOOK. THE STORY REVOLVES AROUND THE SEARCH FOR JENNA METCALF’S MOTHER WHO IS A SCIENTIST STUDYING GRIEF AMONG ELEPHANTS. SERENITY, A PSYCHIC WHO HAS SEEMINGLY LOST HER “POWERS”, AND VIRGIL, A PRIVATE DETECTIVE WHO HAS NO TOLERANCE OR BELIEF IN THE PARANORMAL, WORK WITH JENNA TO HELP SOLVE HER MOTHER’S MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE.
JODI ALSO PROVIDES RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELEPHANT SANCTUARIES AND POACHING HERE IN THE US AND WORLDWIDE: www.elephants.com www.global elephants.org www.elephant voices.org www.tusk.org www.savetheelephants.org SEVERAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AT THE END AS INSTRUMENTS THAT HELPED JODI WRITE THE BOOK INCLUDING: THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER BY LAWRENCE ANTHONY AND ELEPHANTS ON THE EDGE BY G. A. BRADSHAW.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GOOD READ AND WILL BE LOOKING TO LEARN MORE BY EXPLORING SOME WEBSITES AND PICKING UP THESE OTHER BOOKS!
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.
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