The gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother - one of Jodi Picoult's most powerful and affecting novels yet.
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#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
An often delightful fantasy that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page. Kirkus Reviews Daydreaming is a pleasant diversion for Makenna until Grandmother butts into family business one too many times, and the daydreams become eerily prophetic. When adversity comes, she blames herself and flees to the companionship of her precious Pa and horses. Weighed down by old wounds, she is ripe for cosmic picking, flung into other times. Gabriel, an English long hunter, helps her survive in the unsettled woodland, getting caught as well in the strange turn of events. Adding to the confusion, she wants to change history while he presses on for his land claim. Then, the persuasive Joseph shows up reminding her of someone who caused those olds wounds and is now creating new ones. How can she accomplish anything with the ugliness of her dreams now affecting these two men? Will leaving her beloved Tennessee for New York City save them and heal resentments? Will she ever see her Pa again?
Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult - Review Summary Jodi Picoult captivates readers with her blend of character, enthralling plots, and the story's rich prose, which vividly creates a story that not only awakens the mind but also touches the souls deep within us. Leaving Time is a story of a child in the person of Jenna who teams up with a psychic in search of her mother who has mysteriously disappeared in a hospital after she was found almost dead in a sanctuary for elephants. When you get hold of Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult - Review Summary, you will come to understand each character and get a better hold of the plot, the theme and the representation of each character, a type of symbolism that represents the realm of our society. You will get chapter-by-chapter summary, analysis and essential quotes. In addition, get a sneak peak of critical reviews from various well-known publications, editors and world acclaimed critics. Use this study guide to help you cope with your literature class, book club or just to help you better grasp the book itself. A WORD OF WARNING FOR READERS - This book is not the original copy of Jodi Picoult's book, Leaving Time. However, this detailed summary and study guide is designed to help you read the original work. Buy the original work along with this study guide!
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult - A 15-minute Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapters 1-3 At thirteen, Jenna Metcalf is a precocious loner who has lived with her grandmother since she was three. Her father, Thomas, is in a mental institution. Jenna longs for her mom, a scientist who studied memory and elephants. One of Alice’s key findings was that people remember negative moments, but forget traumatic ones. Jenna believes this may have happened to her on the night that her mother disappeared. That night, the trampled body of an employee, Nevvie Ruehl, was found at Thomas’ elephant sanctuary in rural New Hampshire, the New England Elephant Sanctuary. Jenna clings to her mother’s journals as a way to hold onto her. She also searches for Alice online. Jenna consults a medium, Serenity Jones, who tells her that Alice is alive before brushing her off. Jenna learns online that Serenity lost her fame and credibility after wrongly telling a senator that his missing son was alive. She rides her bike home via a pretty spot carpeted with purple mushrooms at the former sanctuary, now a nature park. The journals say that Maura, her mom’s favorite elephant, buried her dead calf there. Alice reflects on whether elephants actually forget anything. Serenity’s gift of clairvoyance emerged when she was very young. She achieved great success, even had her own TV show, until fame went to her head and her two spirit guides left her. Now she is a fake psychic. After Jenna’s first visit, Serenity dreams about a woman and an elephant watching over her. Jenna returns. Serenity asks if her mother had something to do with elephants. When Jenna reacts positively, she is certain that she is meant to help Jenna.
Summary of Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult | Includes Analysis PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary: -Overview of the entire book -Introduction to the important people in the book -Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book -Key Takeaways of the book -A Reader' Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapters 1-3 At thirteen, Jenna Metcalf is a precocious loner who has lived with her grandmother since she was three. Her father, Thomas, is in a mental institution. Jenna longs for her mom, a scientist who studied memory and elephants. One of Alice's key findings was that people remember negative moments, but forget traumatic ones. Jenna believes this may have happened to her on the night that her mother disappeared. That night, the trampled body of an employee, Nevvie Ruehl, was found at Thomas' elephant sanctuary in rural New Hampshire, the New England Elephant Sanctuary. Jenna clings to her mother's journals as a way to hold onto her. She also searches for Alice online. Jenna consults a medium, Serenity Jones, who tells her that Alice is alive before brushing her off. Jenna learns online that Serenity lost her fame and credibility after wrongly telling a senator that his missing son was alive. She rides her bike home via a pretty spot carpeted with purple mushrooms at the former sanctuary, now a nature park. The journals say that Maura, her mom's favorite elephant, buried her dead calf there. Alice reflects on whether elephants actually forget anything. Serenity's gift of clairvoyance emerged when she was very young. She achieved great success, even had her own TV show, until fame went to her head and her two spirit guides left her. Now she is a fake psychic. After Jenna's first visit, Serenity dreams about a woman and an elephant watching over her. Jenna returns. Serenity asks if her mother had something to do with elephants. When Jenna reacts positively, she is certain that she is meant to help Jenna. About the Author With Instaread Summaries, you can get the summary of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter, summarize and analyze it for your convenience.
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“I left the South in search of the Enlightenment. I’m pro-choice, in favor of gay marriage, and against creationism and the war in Iraq. But both my parents’ people are deep Southern from many generations, and I spent a little over a third of my life, including the presumably most formative years (toilet training through college), living in the South. Mathematically, that makes me just about exactly as Southern as the American people, 34 percent of whom are Southern residents. But it goes deeper than math—my roots are Southern, I sound Southern, I love a lot of Southern stuff, and when my [Northern] local paper announces a festival to ‘celebrate the spirit of differently abled dogs,’ I react as a Southerner. I believe I care as much about dogs’ feelings as anybody. It is hard for me to imagine that a dog with three legs minds being called a three-legged dog.” A sly, dry, hilarious collection of essays—his first in more than ten years—from the writer who, according to The New York Times Book Review, is “in serious contention for the title of America’s most cherished humorist.” This time Blount focuses on his own dueling loyalties across the great American divide, North vs. South. Scholarly, raunchy, biting and affable, ol’ Roy takes on topics ranging from chicken fingers to yellow-dog Democrats to Elvis’s toes. And he shares experiences: chatting with Ray Charles, rounding up rattlesnakes, watching George and Tammy record, meeting an Okefenokee alligator (also named George, or Georgette), imagining Faulkner’s tennis game, and being swept up, sort of, in the filming of Nashville. His yarns, analyses, and flights of fancy transcend all standard shades of Red, Blue, and in between. Roy on language: “Remember when there was lots of agitated discussion of Ebonics, pro and con? I kept waiting for someone to say that if you acquire white English, you can become Clarence Thomas, whereas if you acquire black English, you can become Quentin Tarantino.” Roy on eating: “The way folks were meant to eat is the way my family ate when I was growing up in Georgia. We ate till we got tired. Then we went “Whoo!” and leaned back and wholeheartedly expressed how much we regretted that we couldn’t summon up the strength, right then, to eat some more.” Roy on racism: “Anybody who claims . . . not to have ‘a racist bone’ in his or her body is, at best, preracist and has a longer way to go than the rest of us.” Blount’s previous books have included reflections on a Southern president (Jimmy Carter), a novel about a Southern president (Clementine Fox), a biography of Robert E. Lee, a celebration of New Orleans, a memoir of growing up in Georgia, and the definitive anthology of Southern humor. Long Time Leaving is the capper. Maybe it won’t end the Civil War at last, but it does clarify, or aptly complicate, divisive delusions on both sides of the longstanding national rift. It’s a comic ode to American variety and also a droll assault on complacency North and South—a glorious union of diverse pieces reshaped and expanded into an American classic, from one of the most definitive and esteemed humorists of our time.
In this parable of hope, a young tree facing her first autumn experiences resistance and fear as she realizes she will soon be losing her magnificent leaves.
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