Leaving Time

Leaving Time

Large Print - 2014
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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 thirteen 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 two 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 death of one of her mother's co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410463739
1410463737
Branch Call Number: LP F Pico
Characteristics: 687 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Starre64
Apr 25, 2021

First time reading this Author's work. Love how she incorporates facts into fiction. I learned so much about about elephants, as well geography.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 22, 2021

This novel talks about a lot of comparisons between humans and elephants and how similar and different we are from them. Picoult uses this idea to relate to what the main character is going through. This book is about a young girl who can't really take in she has been abandoned by her mother. The emotions in this book are surrounded through sadness and confusion. I'm a huge fan of Jodi Picoult but this topic was very different than the other topics she includes in her other novels which may be the reason why I'm not a huge fan of the book. If you understand elephants and love them so much- get the novel but if you're not crazy about them I advise not to get it. Rate: 3/5.
@Bella of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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sierraquigg
Sep 09, 2020

I can’t recommend this book enough! I was in tears by the end. So beautifully written, and the ending is just jaw dropping. I can’t wait to read her other books.

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emmilielindon
Aug 25, 2020

Such a beautiful story that unravels at a perfect pace. This story had so many hidden meanings that brought me to tears at the end.

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Ardda
Jun 16, 2020

An engaging story line, plus the added bonus (for me) of having all sorts of interesting elephant tales (pun intended) interwoven, since the main character is a scientist studying elephant behaviour. A great read.

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astrotea
Mar 31, 2020

The first half of this book is mostly slow-moving, backstory. The ending is when things get really dynamic.

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LBJ
Mar 12, 2020

I was disappointed in this story by Picoult. I love her books but this one was just ok for me.
Could be jut the mood I was in when I read it as I believe most loved it.

...well, I didn't see that coming.

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / June 2016

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sabre1
Jun 13, 2019

Great book to read, learn so much about elephants lives their personalities, ending of the book is shocking. Keep reading.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“You can have the best intentions, but the moment there’s a hairline crack, it is only a matter of time before you go to pieces.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Sometimes I think there’s no such thing as falling in love. It’s just the fear of losing someone.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I’m the princess in an ivory tower, except every brick is made of history, and I built this prison myself.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“A bruise is how the body remembers it’s been wronged.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“In the wild, an elephant mother and daughter stay in close proximity their whole lives; I hope I am that lucky.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“You can’t blame someone if they honestly don’t understand that their reality isn’t the same as yours.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Maybe growing up is just focusing on what you’ve got, instead of what you don’t.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“If you think about someone you've loved and lost, you are already with them. The rest is just details.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“When someone leaves you once, you expect it to happen again. Eventually you stop getting close enough to people to let them become important to you, because then you don't notice when they drop out of your world.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I think grief is like a really ugly couch. It never goes away. You can decorate around it; you can slap a doily on top of it; you can push it to the corner of the room—but eventually, you learn to live with it.”

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Apr 22, 2021

sierra39 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 12

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joy_xo28
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Jenna wants to find her mother

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