Leaving Time (with Bonus Novella Larger Than Life)

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Leaving Time (with Bonus Novella Larger Than Life)

Leaving Time (with Bonus Novella Larger Than Life)

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You probably know a lot about elephants already – like the fact that they are the largest land mammals, 7-10K pounds. But one night everything changed – a tragedy that no-one had foreseen, and one which caused the culmination of events which led Jenna to enlist the help of strangers to find her mother.

I also gathered stories about evidence of elephant cognition and the unbreakable bond of elephant relationships. Approximately one year after she arrived in LA, she was found dead in the bottom of the enclosure’s pool. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. I think my jaw hit the ground as I wasn't expecting it, and then become emotional relating the mother/daughter relationship to the elephants and their calves. Serenity needs a strong presence to be able to communicate with the dead, so they go to spot in the elephant sanctuary that had a special meaning for Alice.Despite the challenge these elements of the story brought, Picoult weaves them in to the main plot with finesse and skill. She knows her Mum loved her more than anything else and would never have willingly left her, Jenna also knows there was an accident at the sanctuary and her Mum was there when a woman was found dead, but then she disappeared and has never been seen or heard from again. This is when Jenna realizes that she is actually dead, but caught in the middle of the physical world and spirit dimension.

For the character of Alice, who studies elephant cognition, I went first to a professor at Vassar – Abigail Baird – who taught me all about the brain and how memory works. Regardless … a very good story; unexpected and unanticipated twists and turns; some intense emotional reactions! Then once I had it I was saving it because I hate when it's over and I have to wait for her next book.It does remind me of a certain film from a few years ago, and you'll know exactly what film I'm talking about when you realise what the twist is. I, on the other hand, became obsessed and dug a little deeper, trying to find out everything I could at the school library and from my teachers and books. The cast of characters was quite the motley crew of misfits, but I grew to love them all individually. Having read Larger Than Life, one of the prequels to this novel (the other being Where There's Smoke), I thought that I was prepared for what Jodi Picoult was going to present me with in this, her twenty-second novel, but boy was I wrong!

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