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Sandy's October 2014 pick
Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
Jodi's newest is a fascinating story with something for just about everyone. Jenna Metcalf is a 13 year old girl whose mother Alice (a scientist studying grief in elephants) disappeared 10 years previously. Refusing to accept that her mother is dead, Jenna convinces a washed-up detective and a disgraced psychic to help in her search. Loaded with amazing information about elephants, the book is a great story, a mystery with elements of the supernatural, and a moving exploration of the mother-daughter bond. The ending provides a twist that I did not see coming. very enjoyable!
“Jenna Metcalf was born into what should have been an idyllic life in a sanctuary where her mother studied grief in elephants. When Jenna was very young, a tragic event occurred and her mother disappeared. As a teenager, Jenna tries to reclaim her past by attempting to discover both who her mother was and what happened to her. She gains help from two unlikely allies: a former psychic who specialized in missing persons and a failed detective who was originally involved with investigating the tragedy. Together they follow the trail, finding transformation and connection in the race to discover the truth. Fascinating lore about elephant behavior enhances this tale about grief and the bonds of love between mother and child that persist across time and species. Emotionally wrenching, with an unexpected but transcendent conclusion, this is a great read!”
— Deb Fliegel, River Lights Bookstore, Dubuque, IA
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