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Leaving Time: A Novel

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Kathe Mazur, Mark Deakins, Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch

15 Hours 12 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2014

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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.
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.
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.
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.

“The Elephant” from NATURAL HISTORY by Dan Chiasson, copyright ©2005 by Dan Chiasson. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Praise for Jodi Picoult
“Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.”—Stephen King
“It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.”—Financial Times
“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
“Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.”—Associated Press

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  • Amanda K.

    Wonderful ending

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  • A Friesen

    This book was outstanding! Just the right amount of drama, love & suspense. I read a lot & the twist at the end even surprised me. Informative too about animal relationships. A must read/listen!

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  • Jacklyn V

    Very intriguing for the 1st 3/4 of the book. The last 1/4 was not to my liking ! ButI am amazed by the recherch that was done . Would recommend for animal lovers.

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  • Marlyn B

    Love this book and the twist at the end ... that I didn't see coming.

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  • Keri C

    Loved this book and this author. This was my first audio book and I hooked. Jodi Picoult is an amazing author and I can't wait to download more of her books.

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  • Audrey P

    Loved this book! The suspense and trying to fit pieces together was fun! I loved the pieces read by Alice about the elephants. It really helped to understand Maura's actions. Beautifully written. Kept my attention. I found myself making excuses to go for a drive kid-free just so I could listen to a few more minutes (I listen in the car to help with my thousands of miles of driving for work). Loved every bit!

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  • Nancy T

    I loved this book! An amazing mystery involving psychic phenomena! Even ghosts! As usual well written and thought provoking. It saddens me that elephants are mistreated but does not surprise me. Humans seem to like to take advantage of anything , situation, animal or person and use it till the world screams. Look who we elected President in 2016. Write a book about the ethical implications of that Jodi! Again thank you for this amazing wonderful eye opening book. I will go to and donate!

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  • Cynthia matsakis

    I have to say my take is very different than the others I've read here-- the elephant journal entries were, for me, what carried the book when the story line did not seem plausible, and the characters felt a bit stock. Over time the characters grew on me, and the unlikely plot line was cleared up by an unexpected and interesting twist in the end, which put everything in place... but I wouldn't have stayed with it were it not for the beautiful language and fascinating story of the elephants. The whole book took on a depth through these sections.

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  • Lea ann Stringer

    The narration was a tad slow for my liking, but well done. The elephant facts were enlightening and interesting, though perhaps a little less information or repetitiveness would have been just right. Interesting story with a plot twist which is always a plus. Overall, very good.

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  • Darlene Wright

    Overall O enjoyed the story and especially the rid nuts thrown in about elephants. Narration was good.

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