Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) - Jodi Picoult - Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life)

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4.5 star
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Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner about a daughter’s search for her mother, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

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 Leaving Time, she has delivered 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.

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



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Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) - Jodi Picoult Book Reviews

  • Incredible book (Stoooolie)

    Could not put this book down. One of my favorites in a long time
  • Leaving time (1934829)

    If this book by Jodi Picoult didn’t have the elephants’ information within this story, I would not have completed reading it. This storyline is so convoluted and disconnected, even the characters within do not know what to do and/or are doing throughout. If this was supposed to be a love story (between characters), it is not. An extremely disappointing read, especially since it was written by a well known, popular Author. I have come to enjoy her books over the years but this would not even get one star. The star was necessary, so I could write and publish this Review. Margaret
  • Leaving Time (Goneworth)

    I was mesmerized and surprised. I wish that I had not yet read it so I could read it again and laugh and cry all over again as the author reveals the truths. This was pure art
  • Read this book in 1.5 days (boomermnf77)

    I love Jodi Picoult as a 30 yo and have since I was a child. This book did not disappoint.
  • Julie B Jones (Rita Read)

    Fzzzzz
  • Left me shocked (Bunmom88)

    Once again the ending shocked me. I couldn’t believe it. Definitely a good read.
  • An Elephant of a Lie (Trumansky)

    One of the worst books I’ve read in awhile. Poor character development - the drunk detective - check. Loony psychic - check. Crazy husband - yup. Precocious teen - you betcha. Then the plot takes a whippy u turn. I about threw my iPad across the room. Heard great things about Picoult. Greatly disappointed.
  • Asstxe (Audiods)

    Drewsrrrwceetexe
  • SheilaKim (Kimsheila)

    I loved your book “Leaving Time’! Well written with a surprise ending. Moreover, was the education I obtained about the lives and sadly the plight of elephants. You are a special person for writing a compelling story, while at the same time educating your readers.
  • Amazing!!!! (Wendycas)

    This novel was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. It totally captures the essence of love between creature and human and spiritually. A must read.
  • Stoooolie
    5 stars
    Incredible book. Could not put this book down. One of my favorites in a long time
  • 1934829
    1 stars
    Leaving time. If this book by Jodi Picoult didn’t have the elephants’ information within this story, I would not have completed reading it. This storyline is so convoluted and disconnected, even the characters within do not know what to do and/or are doing throughout. If this was supposed to be a love story (between characters), it is not. An extremely disappointing read, especially since it was written by a well known, popular Author. I have come to enjoy her books over the years but this would not even get one star. The star was necessary, so I could write and publish this Review. Margaret
  • Goneworth
    5 stars
    Leaving Time. I was mesmerized and surprised. I wish that I had not yet read it so I could read it again and laugh and cry all over again as the author reveals the truths. This was pure art
  • boomermnf77
    5 stars
    Read this book in 1.5 days. I love Jodi Picoult as a 30 yo and have since I was a child. This book did not disappoint.
  • Rita Read
    5 stars
    Julie B Jones. Fzzzzz
  • Bunmom88
    4 stars
    Left me shocked. Once again the ending shocked me. I couldn’t believe it. Definitely a good read.
  • Trumansky
    1 stars
    An Elephant of a Lie. One of the worst books I’ve read in awhile. Poor character development - the drunk detective - check. Loony psychic - check. Crazy husband - yup. Precocious teen - you betcha. Then the plot takes a whippy u turn. I about threw my iPad across the room. Heard great things about Picoult. Greatly disappointed.
  • Audiods
    5 stars
    Asstxe. Drewsrrrwceetexe
  • Kimsheila
    5 stars
    SheilaKim. I loved your book “Leaving Time’! Well written with a surprise ending. Moreover, was the education I obtained about the lives and sadly the plight of elephants. You are a special person for writing a compelling story, while at the same time educating your readers.
  • Wendycas
    5 stars
    Amazing!!!!. This novel was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. It totally captures the essence of love between creature and human and spiritually. A must read.
  • kim the librarian
    5 stars
    Picoult at her best. There are no words....an excellent story for a master storyteller. And thank you for including the true story of elephant poaching.
  • Silver1245
    1 stars
    Leaving Time. Could not wait for her to write another book. This is not what I expected from her. I can't believe I wasted my money on this book.
  • J_&_A
    5 stars
    Best Picoult Novel Yet!. I have read all of Jodi Picoult's novels and "Leaving Time" was by far my favorite. The ending left me thinking about the characters and their stories for days after I finished reading. I could have never guessed the ending with all of the different twists and turns.
  • Rivadita3
    2 stars
    Disappointing. I have read most of Jodi Picoult's books and was extremely disappointed in this latest one. The story line was strained and the majority of the book was a treatise on elephant behavior. It was a historical perspective of elephants and an attempt at interjecting a plot was lost and most unsuccessful. I do not recommend this book...
  • Tykesma
    2 stars
    Leaving time!. Even though I enjoy reading Jody Picoult's books I was very disappointed in her latest! It took more than half of the book for me to feel any relationship with the characters!
  • Kadeedi
    1 stars
    Ugh. This book was disappointing.
  • Val!S
    2 stars
    Origami and Venn Diagrams. While the story is different and original, you might as well read the first book on her reference list, The Elephant Whisperer, which is a true story. Picoult has just gotten too nauseatingly predictable with her metaphors or similes, as usual, she has an origami reference, and at least three unrelated references to Venn Diagrams, the Venn Diagrams of the elephants' footprints, the Venn Diagram of Alice and her husband. It just gets to be a bit too much. It's like she just loves her own writing so much that she lifts whole sentences and repeats them. New story, same words. A big disappointment. She used to be one of my favorite authors. Seriously, just feed all her sentences from all her books into a program and find the Venn diagrams where the sentences overlap and you'll have a whole new book.
  • Rocrob
    5 stars
    Leaving Time. This was the best book I have read in a long time. Jodi Picoult, congrats. I have never been aware of elephants plight until now. Thank you so much for enlightening me. Keep on writing and I will keep on reading. You are a grea author.
  • BarbaraGenie
    5 stars
    Beautiful. A tale of the love of a child for its mother. The stories of the grief of elephants woven into separation and loss of humans. I loved it. Deeply moving. Great characters. Surprise ending. Highly recommend.
  • Green5283
    5 stars
    Not yet done but in love.. The first few chapters alone leaves me fully mesmerized. I've loved Jodi for years because her books leave me desperate for another. While Nineteen Minutes and The Tenth Circle are my personal favorites, the rest are all pivotal moments in my literature life. Thank you Jodi for the years of reading bliss!!

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