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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult - A 15-minute Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapters 1-3 At thirteen, Jenna Metcalf is a precocious loner who has lived with her grandmother since she was three. Her father, Thomas, is in a mental institution. Jenna longs for her mom, a scientist who studied memory and elephants. One of Alice’s key findings was that people remember negative moments, but forget traumatic ones. Jenna believes this may have happened to her on the night that her mother disappeared. That night, the trampled body of an employee, Nevvie Ruehl, was found at Thomas’ elephant sanctuary in rural New Hampshire, the New England Elephant Sanctuary. Jenna clings to her mother’s journals as a way to hold onto her. She also searches for Alice online. Jenna consults a medium, Serenity Jones, who tells her that Alice is alive before brushing her off. Jenna learns online that Serenity lost her fame and credibility after wrongly telling a senator that his missing son was alive. She rides her bike home via a pretty spot carpeted with purple mushrooms at the former sanctuary, now a nature park. The journals say that Maura, her mom’s favorite elephant, buried her dead calf there. Alice reflects on whether elephants actually forget anything. Serenity’s gift of clairvoyance emerged when she was very young. She achieved great success, even had her own TV show, until fame went to her head and her two spirit guides left her. Now she is a fake psychic. After Jenna’s first visit, Serenity dreams about a woman and an elephant watching over her. Jenna returns. Serenity asks if her mother had something to do with elephants. When Jenna reacts positively, she is certain that she is meant to help Jenna.
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 strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother's coworkers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult's 21st novel is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner about a daughter’s search for her mother, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers. Includes the novella Larger Than Life Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in Leaving Time, she has delivered a book unlike anything she’s written before. For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers. As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. Praise for Leaving Time “Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.”—The Boston Globe “Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.”—The Washington Post “A riveting drama.”—Us Weekly “[A] moving tale.”—People “A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.”—USA Today “In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.”—Bookreporter “[A] captivating and emotional story.”—BookPage
The beloved, international bestselling author’s Random House Canada debut--the gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother--and one of her most powerful and affecting novels yet. 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.
Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult - Review Summary Jodi Picoult captivates readers with her blend of character, enthralling plots, and the story's rich prose, which vividly creates a story that not only awakens the mind but also touches the souls deep within us. Leaving Time is a story of a child in the person of Jenna who teams up with a psychic in search of her mother who has mysteriously disappeared in a hospital after she was found almost dead in a sanctuary for elephants. When you get hold of Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult - Review Summary, you will come to understand each character and get a better hold of the plot, the theme and the representation of each character, a type of symbolism that represents the realm of our society. You will get chapter-by-chapter summary, analysis and essential quotes. In addition, get a sneak peak of critical reviews from various well-known publications, editors and world acclaimed critics. Use this study guide to help you cope with your literature class, book club or just to help you better grasp the book itself. A WORD OF WARNING FOR READERS - This book is not the original copy of Jodi Picoult's book, Leaving Time. However, this detailed summary and study guide is designed to help you read the original work. Buy the original work along with this study guide!
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