Lisa Blume , the author of Little Girl Leaving , quoted a New York Times editorial when testifying on Washington child sexual abuse statute of limitations saying the MeToo movement showed the risk for victims speaking out against their abusers, noting: "Now consider how much harder it must be for a child. Kirkus Reviews writes: "The author, who works as a producer of public service media and research projects, says she hopes the book 'will help adults to experience life as a very young child who needs them does.
Judith Landau , MD, former president of the International Family Therapy Association says, "I believe that everyone living with or around children should read this book. Kerry J. Todd , forensic child-interviewer and professional trainer on child abuse, writes in the Afterword: "As a clinician, I've heard hundreds of accounts of abuse from young children. The author's ability to immerse the reader in the child's world is unique.
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The next morning, she took a taxi to her new apartment and gave the landlord, Mr. Just sixteen hundred dollars. When she paid in cash, Mr. Giulio did not bat an eye. A task assigned to others, falling back to her. In some ways it was comforting. So leaving them was not exactly easy. But it was something she already knew how to do.
Reprinted with permission of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Skip to main content. Close close Donate. Listen Live: On Point. Close Close. On Point Value this story? View all 11 comments. Yang Zhang Couldn't agree more! Feb 17, PM. Amanda S. Alice's voice in the audio book drove me crazy! I seriously almost abandoned it because I hated the breathy, romanticized, slowness of her chapters. I Alice's voice in the audio book drove me crazy! I'm glad I stuck with it because the ending made the book a much better read.
May 16, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: realistic-fiction , own-physical , adult-fiction. In her latest novel, Picoult writes from the perspective of Jenna Metcalf, a thirteen-year-old who has spent all her life searching for her mother, Alice, an elephant researcher who disappeared years ago.
Jenna enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a psychic who specializes in finding missing people, and Virgil Stanhope 4. Jenna enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a psychic who specializes in finding missing people, and Virgil Stanhope, a private detective whose involvement in Alice Metcalf's case left him scarred and disillusioned. The odd yet determined trio set out to solve the mystery behind Alice's disappearance, unveiling bigger, stranger, and more ambiguous questions along the way.
Despite the challenge these elements of the story brought, Picoult weaves them in to the main plot with finesse and skill. She uses explicit and well-researched detail to integrate her knowledge of elephants and psychics into the main plot, and both topics add a unique flavor to this book that sets it apart from other Picoult novels.
The richness and confidence of her prose compels you to turn the pages, and before you know it you have been whisked away into the characters' worlds. Picoult's characters act as the emotional core of this story. The main trio - Jenna, Virgil, and Serenity - all come from different places in life yet complement each other so well, due to their humorous bickering and shared desire to find Alice.
While I wanted a little more complexity from some of the characters' paradigms, I still found myself getting caught up in my feelings as the story progressed and the characters' relationships deepened. By the last pages, I needed to know what happened to these people, just as much as I would wish to hear the sordid back story of a real person in my life, like a high school acquaintance or the woman who I brushed arms with in the grocery store.
Overall, a super solid read, one of my favorite works of fiction of I recommend Leaving Time to fans of Jodi Picoult who want to try something a little different; instead of a court case, Picoult includes elephants and the supernatural world. However, just as in all her other books, human relationships take center stage, as they always should. View all 6 comments.
Feb 20, Bill rated it really liked it. I allowed outside influences to shape some preconceived notions and expectations in my head about this book before I even flipped open the front cover. Whenever I think of Willow on the ice on the backyard pond my eyes glisten with tears. In the end I thoroughly enjoyed this book, shedding a few tears along the way.
Actually I grew to love and fully appreciate the story the more I thought about it and connected more of the dots in the days after finishing it. The glue that binds this literary journey is motherly love for her daughter and Alice Kingston Metcalf, naturalist and researcher who fell in love with elephants as a child and became an elephant activist at the ripe old age of nine, is drawn from her research in Botswana on elephant empathy, grief and cognition to continue her work at the New England Elephant Sanctuary in Boone, NH.
On the night of July 16, tragedy strikes the sanctuary and Alice is taken by ambulance unconscious to Mercy United Hospital in Boone Heights. Sometime late that evening, Alice regains consciousness, checks herself out of the hospital and disappears. Jenna Metcalf was just three years old when she last saw Alice and has spent a decade longing to be reunited with mother, or at least finding out what happened to her. Her daily routine includes a scan of NamUs. The irony for Jenna is elephants remember everything but she cannot remember much about Alice at all.
Taking this as some sort of cosmic sign, Jenna seeks the help of Serenity Jones, a once famous, world renown psychic who has lost command of her Gift, fallen on hard times and settled in quiet obscurity in Boone. Together they revisit the site of the defunct elephant sanctuary and inexplicably find new evidence about the case. Virgil is a broken man, plagued by troubles with the bottle, but in the end agrees to work with Jenna and Serenity to find the missing Alice Metcalf and end his despondency over his incompetence and failure in the initial investigation.
Jenna inspires both Serenity and Virgil with new focus, clarify and purpose in their lives and the trio embarks on an extensive, far reaching and at times mystical adventure of detective work and personal discovery to locate the missing Dr. Alice Metcalf. Jenna is on a mission to find her mother, Serenity is looking to make sense of her past and rekindle her special talents and Virgil is looking for release from the burdens of guilt and failure. All is not as it seems with any of these characters but the clues were right in front of me all along before the big revelation near the story's end.
The story is a deep exploration of the love of a mother and daughter and Picoult skillfully analogizes the intense love an elephant matriarch has for her calves to bring home the point. They also share very deep and heartfelt secrets about love lost and found, about grief and memories. I loved the story, came to appreciate the inseparable bond between mother and daughter and learned a lot about the plight of elephants in the world today. Regardless … a very good story; unexpected and unanticipated twists and turns; some intense emotional reactions!
View all 25 comments. Oct 28, Marie Rossi rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I agree with the reviewers who felt confused by this book. Pic out seems to be moving in a new direction with her last two books; wolves and now elephants. This latest novel of hers was all over the place in characters, setting, and plot. By the end, I felt like she was imitating film directer M. Night Shyamalan"I see dead people". Sep 05, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. Jenna wants nothing more than to find her mother. We know she disappeared from the New England Elephant Sanctuary.
Jenna was only 3 years old at the time. The narrator for "Leaving Time", for the character 'Jenna', 13 years old Rebecca was the same narrator I fell in love with in the audible "Annie on My Mind". A few other books Rebecca Lowman has done the narration are: "The 19th Wife", "Da Jenna wants nothing more than to find her mother.
I could listen to Rebecca tell me ANY story This is another story credit to author Jodi Picoult , that came vibrantly alive through 'all' the voices of the readers. His YING His heart was as big as gold. Actually all the characters have redeeming qualities in this novel. Jenna lives with her grandmother a crab apple to love Jenna spends her free time on the internet researching -and searching for her mother. She's adorable when she gets feisty and determined. She even gave herself a quick online study private-eye detective class.
Jenna has become an amateur PI. Yet, as I was taking a journey with Jenna to find her missing mother Why isn't she talking with Jenna about Jenna's quest to find out "what the hell happened to Jenna's mother? Did she abandoned Jenna, by just bolting I was like So, yeah, I talked back to the woman on the tape I was made me keep listening and mind my own business. Thank God for Jenna! She doesn't mind 'her' own business! Jenna puts her face right up in Serenity's business and make 'her' business Serenity's business. After some kicking and screaming on Serenity's part "such an annoying child Jenna is" , ha Serenity's rusty-powers are returning.
Serenity has been pulled into Jenna's world. Everybody's business becomes everybody's business It's filled with mystery! Weaving into the mystery, is the study of elephants. I happen to love elephants Metcalf , the researcher-naturalist share with us 'her' passion for elephants. At the age of 9, she fell so in love with elephants, she already knew that her adult life would be to work with them.
Quite the expert on Elephants, an activist, Alice shares about their behaviors and emotions. Alice goes into detail how "an elephant never forgets". Their memory is so good that if somebody hurt their young years before It was so tender to hear Alice's voice describing the different ways a mother elephant protects her young. She didn't need to tell us that the elephant grieved in the same way human's do we FELT it loud and clear.
Alice's voice enhanced Jodi Picoult's storytelling about the elephant. The words came 'alive'. So, we have a mystery story with elephants. It doesn't stop there. It goes deeper still. Jenna was so afraid of being hurt, that she would push people away 'first'. Who hasn't experienced that? Her fear of abandonment was real. She acted strong and capable on the outside I think by allowing us to 'feel' empathy for the elephant in this story Funny how books do that.
Ultimately this is a story about love. Jodi Picoult is a pro with twisty surprise endings I'll let you think about the title! It's hard not to be weeping at the end. View 1 comment. I recognise Jodi Piccoult is a fantastic and prolific author, and have enjoyed a couple of her books before now.
This novel did not attach to me in any engaging way at all, this is a very true 2 star rating. The subject matter, elephants and the issues of psychic powers an afterlife, have never been of interest for me but I thought I'd like it nonetheless, having been leant it by my best friend. I was neutral throughout, not loving, not hating.
Virgil was my favourite character, and Jenna also. The twist probably should have been obvious, but I didn't pick it up. Maybe as I'm a total naysayer, unbeliever and boring stick in the mud! Told in varying point of view from a handful of characters, although well written, not for me. I'll keep reading her though, there's many more I own and look forward to. View all 15 comments. In fact, she totally blew me out of the water with this one. To give you a bit of a background on Alice, she was in Africa, researching grief in elephants when her and Thomas Metcalf met.
A woman who was ridiculed by her peers for what she had chosen to study, when she met Thomas, she knew she'd found her soulmate as he was the first person who understood what she was trying to determine in her relentless research. Finding herself pregnant she decided to take him up on his invitation to visit him in America and the rest, they say, is history. Sadly, for Jenna, she was just three years old when Alice disappeared without a trace. Once famous for the work that she did helping people find their lost loved ones, Serenity is now a down-on-her-luck, has-been psychic.
Having won three Emmy Awards and clicked heels with a variety of celebrities, that all became a mere memory when one serious mistake led her to lose everything from her credibility to her self-confidence. Virgil, an ex-detective turned private eye, who now prefers to investigate the contents of a bottle, became disillusioned with his job whilst investigating a case at the elephant sanctuary in which one person was found dead and the other unconscious.
While his gut instinct had told him to dig deeper, his partner, Donny, had warned him off investigating further, preferring to bury an inconsistency in the evidence they had procured. Together, Jenna, Serenity and Virgil form a tenacious trio as their search leads them from New England to Tennessee and back again, in what can only be described as a soul-searching expedition of remembrances and self-discovery. Along with just a handful of other overseas authors, Jodi Picoult is one of my favourites and has been ever since I discovered her in the early s.
In this, her twenty-third novel, there is no denying that her writing continues to strengthen and the amount of research she puts into it is extensive, specifically in regard to the elephants, from their mothering and behavioural instincts, to the memories they retain and the grief they overcome, both in the wild and in captivity.
But the difference between me, Jenna and Alice, was that I was an adult and mine was planned and, although I suffered severe personal trauma and grief for the first two years, nothing can be worse than your mother being wrenched from you and not having any answers to the questions that linger but remain unspoken. The other reason this story resonated with me, goes even deeper - the setting.
It's true that Africa beats to the rhythm of its own drum and, coming from South Africa myself, Jodi made me call to mind my own experiences in the African wild and believe me when I say there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the hand of God.
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You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breath. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heat, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.
What was she going to uncover? Would she find Alice? Were all her questions finally going to be answered? Nov 12, Britany rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook. A thirteen year old girl, a dried up detective with a drinking problem, and a psychic walk into a diner Jodi Picoult has done it again! A couple different storylines merging together told from multiple character perspectives in true Picoult style!
An elephant sanctuary sets the stage for this book, and I immediately fell in love with the stories surrounding the elephants and their histories- some happy, some tragic. Jenna Metcalf is searching for her mother- as she disappeared one night whe A thirteen year old girl, a dried up detective with a drinking problem, and a psychic walk into a diner Jenna Metcalf is searching for her mother- as she disappeared one night when the elephants trampled and killed someone and Alice Metcalf went to the hospital and disappeared.
Jenna ropes in Serenity Jones psychic and Virgil detective to help find her missing mom.
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The cast of characters was quite the motley crew of misfits, but I grew to love them all individually. What really brought this one up for me was the unexpected ending. Good narrative, great on audio mixed with different narrators brought this one to life. My favorite character was Serenity and her cotton candy pink hairdo. I've always been intrigued by psychics and that part mixed with the elephant stuff really made this one stick for me.
This book was incredible! I read this at the recommendation of Ginger and am I glad she did!
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It is incredible. This is a story about grief and family and healing and elephants! I have always liked elephants - they are so incredible. The bonds they make, their ability to empathize. Did you know they are one of the few animals that can recognize that the reflection they see as themselves? This book just grabbed on to my heartstrings and wouldn't let go. And the twist at the end?
I did not see that coming! But it really made the book come alive for me. I am so glad I read this book and I almost feel that I need to read it again! View all 7 comments. Shelves: mother-daughter , mystery , 5-star , jodi-picoult , multiple-pov , , own , death , elephants , i-cried. Alice is a scientist who studied grief among elephants in Botswana, then in an elephant sanctuary in NH.
When Alice's daughter Jenna is 3 years old, an accident occurs at the sanctuary and she is never heard from again. Jenna has never stopped searching for her mother and when she is 13 years old, she enlists the help of Virgil, an ex-cop who originally worked the accident at the sanctuary, and Serenity, a psychic who no longer believes in her gifts.
I loved this book. I loved how the characters Alice is a scientist who studied grief among elephants in Botswana, then in an elephant sanctuary in NH. I loved how the characters came to meet and relate to each other. I loved the back stories for the characters and how they led up to what happened the night of the accident. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the storyline, and as usual, how the author leads you in 1 direction but soon has the reader questioning if that is really the right path.
The ending broadsided me, again as usual with her books, but I thought it was the right ending for the book. I've read previous books by the author and IMO she usually writes about hot, sometimes controversial topics in today's society. I don't think that the subject of psychics are a hot-button subject, but I do think that the plight of wild elephants in Africa and Asia are.
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There are quite a few chapters dedicated to elephants, their behaviors and the impact of poaching. Alice Metcalf is a fictional character in this book, but the author borrowed Alice's research from real-life field researchers and includes a list of their books for additional reading. Some of my favorite parts of this book are the passages dedicated to elephants and their behaviors. The book I read was a library book, but I will be purchasing a copy for my own shelves.
View all 5 comments. Oct 16, Carol Brill rated it it was amazing. Ordinary life and the spirit world overlap and collide, as does who and what is real versus mystical or imagined.