Leaving Time

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Now in paperback--the gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother--and one of her most powerful and affecting novels yet, now a #1 national bestseller and #1 international bestseller.
     Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment...or worse. Still Jenna--now 13 years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the 2 people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of 1 of her mother's co-workers. Together these 3 lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult's first novel with Random House Canada is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.



Some people used to believe that there was an elephant graveyard—-a place that sick and old elephants would travel to to die. They’d slip away from their herds and would lumber across the dusty landscape, like the titans we read about in seventh grade in Greek Mythology. Legend said the...
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Praise for Leaving Time:
"Readers of Leaving Time are unlikely to forget these formidable animals that are so different from us in appearance but so similar when it comes to saying goodbye to those they love." The Washington Post
"Jodi Picoult is a powerhouse writer.... Like many Picoult novels, Leaving Time isn't exactly what readers expect. It is great storytelling--there is love, passion, rage, mental illness, timelessness, death. It's all there and Picoult weaves it all together with fascinating research about elephants and their lives.... An exploration of love and emotion that won't soon be forgotten." The Vancouver Sun