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Leaving time : a novel
2014
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  Library Journal Review

Thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf is searching for her mother, Alice, a scientist who studied elephants and mysteriously disappeared a decade earlier. To help her, Jenna hires Serenity Jones, a celebrity psychic who has lost her powers, and Virgil Stanhope, the detective originally assigned to her mother's case. The four narrators do an excellent job of voicing this poignant and mystifying novel. The listener hears the sadness and longing in Rebecca Lowman's reading of Alice; Mark Deakins and Kathe Mazur capture the repartee between Virgil the cop who relies on facts and instinct-following Serenity; and Abigail Revash does an excellent job as a young girl on an emotional roller coaster. VERDICT Recommended for the all libraries. ["A truly engaging read that crosses through the genres of mystery and the supernatural," read the review of the Ballantine hc, LJ 8/14.]-Ilka Gordon, Beachwood, OH (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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 book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet--and one unlike anything she's written before.<br> 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 that she would be abandoned as a young child, 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.<br> Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons--only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who 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.<br> 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.<br> Praise for Jodi Picoult<br> "Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance."--Stephen King<br> "It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes."--"Financial Times"<br> "Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships."--"The Boston Globe"<br> "Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling."--Associated Press <p>"From the Hardcover edition."</p>
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