Leaving Time:

A Novel

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

An October 2014 LibraryReads Pick

Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose. Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet—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 had 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. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

Editorial Reviews

With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on.Woman’s Day[A] captivating and emotional story.BookPage
A moving and emotional story.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A truly engaging read . . . Full of the deep characters and multilayered story lines that have earned [Picoult] a spot in many readers’ hearts.Library JournalMemorable and poignant.Publishers WeeklyDelivers a powerhouse ending.BooklistIn 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.BookreporterA fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.USA Today

“In her latest book, Picoult keeps the twists, turns, and emotion ramped to eleven—and features elephants. Her trademark past-present juxtaposition and in-depth research is fully realized with Leaving Time…The deftly woven mystery will keep readers riveted.”

RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.The Boston GlobePoignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.The Washington Post
[A] moving tale.People
A riveting drama.Us Weekly

“The masterful ensemble narrating Picoult’s latest novel allows the intriguing plot and recognizable characters that are her trademarks to take center stage…As the characters alternate chapters, the presenters develop them all into fully defined personalities while maintaining a roller-coaster pace as the plot moves toward its surprising conclusion. The backstory of family drama played out against the plight of African elephants is as rich and captivating as the prevailing plot. Leaving before the story ends will not be an option!”


“Explores grief, memory, and motherhood through the unlikely lens of elephant behavior…The pachyderms are as complex as the humans, making the journey memorable and poignant.”

Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.

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Reader Biography

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.

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