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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Review and quotes: LEAVING TIME

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Book Beginnings: 

JENNA: Some people believe there was an elephant graveyard--a place that sick and dying elephants would travel to to die.

Friday 56: 

JENNA: "She's not dead," I murmur more to myself than to Serenity, because I like the way the words fill up with bubbles, like my blood had been carbonated.

Summary: Over ten years after her mother disappeared, thirteen-year-old Jenna decides she has to do something to find her. Her mother, Alice, was an elephant researcher working on a sanctuary run by Jenna's father and other employees in New Hampshire. One night when Jenna was quite young one of the employees is found dead on the grounds, trampled by an elephant, and Alice is found unconscious. The next day she checks herself out of the hospital and hasn't been seen since. Jenna's father, Thomas, had a complete mental breakdown and now Jenna has lived with her grandmother ever since that fateful night. Grandma does not approve of Jenna investigating Alice's disappearance. Jenna saves up her babysitting money and tries to get a reading from a local clairvoyant, Serenity. When that avenue doesn't pan out any helpful information, she attempts to hire Virgil, an almost-always-drunk private detective to help her locate her mother. Eventually the three team up. What they discover is shocking and very Jodi Picoultish.

Review: Four narrators tell the story: Jenna, Serenity, Virgil, and Alice, the lost mother, who tells a lot of the back story and gives out so much interesting information about elephants it feels like the book is worth reading just for that. The information about how elephants love their children and how deeply they grieve just made my heart sing. None of the characters seemed too realistic, though I found myself really cheering for Jenna and her quest. Virgil and Serenity seem a bit cliche, just what you'd expect from a private detective and a clairvoyant, though their back stories make them rather interesting characters, too. At one point there is some pretty creepy magical realism, which is hard to understand until the shocking conclusion. I'll tell you no more. You've got to read it to find out what happens.

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At 398 pages, I'm counting it as a big book for the challenge.



  1. I don't like her, so I probably won't read this. I do like elephants though!

  2. This was one of my favorite Picoult books - think I've read them all. enjoy

  3. I just started her new one, The Book of Two Ways. Leaving Time wasn’t my favorite Picoult, but I liked it. I remember falling in love with the elephants. And I don’t even remember what the big twist was, except that I thought it was a cop out. 🤷‍♀️

  4. I read and loved this book, Anne; hope you enjoy it, too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Elephants are such amazing animals. They've always fascinated me, so I'm intrigued by this book. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  6. Hi Anne,

    I have to admit that I have never read any of Jodi Picoult's books and I am not too sure that the premise or extracts from this one, grabbed me in quite the way they should!

    Perhaps this is one I can keep on the back burner for now! Like yourself, any book around the 400 page mark, I consider to be a long read and I try to avoid chunkster / monster reads completely!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)

    Yvonne xx

  7. I haven't read Jodi Picolt's books in awhile but I usually like her books. This sounds like a good one too.

  8. I read this years ago, and remember enjoying it, but now I can't remember the ending! The curse of reading too many books? Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week :)

  9. Sounds like a good one! Happy weekend!

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  11. I have an unread Jodi Picolt on my shelf and this puts me in the mood to pull it out. Thank you for the review.

  12. I support 398 pages counting for the reading challenge! I haven't read a Jodi Picoult in years, but I've liked the ones I've read so far.

  13. You know, I don't think I've ever read a book by this author. I'll have to give her a try one of these days. :)

  14. I still haven't read a Jodi Picoult, though I really should some time! I like the opening, and it immediately grabs me. I like the description in the 56 snippet, too. How it ties in elephants sounds really interesting!


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