Let’s Talk About Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult.

Have you heard the name? I’m sure you have. But if you haven’t, keep reading because I’m about to drop some knowledge on you. (And also, keep reading even if you have heard the name because Jodi Picoult is fantastic.)

Jodi Picoult has written 22 novels thus far. She covers topics from: a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome (House Rules) to a five year old being sexually abused (Perfect Match) to a woman befriending a man who confesses to her that he wants her to help him die because he used to be a Nazi SS guard (The Storyteller). Picoult writes it all, and it’s controversial, and it’s close to home at times, and it sucks you in so that you not only cannot stop flipping the pages, but you also end up with multiple shelves of all of her books in your home. Er, wait. That last one was me. But it is also now my mom, and some of my friends, and any others I have suggested Picoult to. Who knows? Maybe you could be next.

It’s a good thing, I promise.

I mean, this is the woman who was asked to write several issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series.

So why all the fuss? You ask. Well, it’s because Jodi Picoult’s new book, Leaving Time, comes out in less than a week! Leaving Time will be in libraries and bookstores across the nation on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Leaving Time
If you visit Jodi Picoult’s website, there’s loads of info about Leaving Time, including:

  • a synopsis
  • information on how Picoult researched for the book
  • A Day in the Elephant Sanctuary video
  • A Conversation with Jodi about Leaving Time
  • Book Club discussion questions for Leaving Time
  • Related eShorts and Novellas
  • an excerpt from Leaving Time

Here’s the synopsis from her website if you’re not quite sure about it yet and need a little more nudging:

“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 that she would be abandoned as a young child, 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. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who 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.”

If it sounds interesting to you, here’s Leaving Time in our catalog.

And if you want to try one of Picoult’s other novels first, or after, if you’ve come back to this post after devouring Leaving Time, here are all of Jodi Picoult’s works in our catalog.



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