"Leaving Time" The Latest Novel from Jodi Picoult

A child's search - two unlikely allies are enlisted to help



Jodi Picoult is known for her books that tackle social justice issues and that are told from multiple perspectives. Her latest, "Leaving Time," [Ballantine Books, $28], to be released next month, tackles the controversies of mental illness, with the theories of elephant cognition and the powers of a psychic thrown into the mix.

The reader follows the story of Jenna Metcalf, a 13-year-old girl whose mother mysteriously disappeared when she was only a toddler, and whose memories of her stem from her mother's research journals that Jenna constantly pores over.

A psychic who uses her powers to help Jenna find clues about her mother's whereabouts is an interesting addition to Picoult's melting pot of characters. Picoult also explores the tumultuous journey of living with someone with a mental illness.

The side stories involving elephant cognition add an interesting element to the story though can sometimes be distracting from the main plot. The book is a page turner, however, and the multiple perspectives, flashbacks and themes involving love, family and determination put readers on a roller coaster ride that has them wanting to peek ahead to the final twist

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. New Hampshire Patriot Guard Riders Fall Foliage Honor Guard
    Ride with the New Hampshire Patriot Guard Riders as they escort the ashes of Clifton...
  2. Q&A with Miltos Yerolemou from "Game of Thrones"
    An interview with "Game of Thrones" character Syrio Forel
  3. Facts about the Keene Pumpkin Festival
    Save the date for this year's Keene Pumpkin Festival on October 18.
  4. Favorite fall treat: Cider Donuts
    A cider donut recipe plus local NH stores and orchards where you can get hot and fresh donuts.
  5. A walkable weekend in the town of Littleton
    Littleton is regularly praised as one of America’s best Main Streets, and we wondered if we...
  6. Littleton's Schilling Beer Co.
    Tradition meets modern science in the White Mountains at Schilling Beer Co. in Littleton.
  7. Ideas for an outdoor fall party
    How our serene autumn dinner for a few guests turned into a sprawling annual event for more than...
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags