Reading. Writing. Simply being.
Oh Picoult does it again. What can I say? Her ideas are unique, and her writing flows so easily it puts me into automatic mode and suddenly I’ve finished half the book. Leaving Time is no exception. When Alice Metcalf goes missing her daughter Jenna clings to what little memories remain. It’s an obsession that continues into her teenage years when she finally decides to start an investigation on her own. With the help of two other intriguing characters she uncovers what she never thought she would find. The story is told through the scope of each character, even the missing Alice. So, the reader is compelled to want to solve the case by piecing the evidence presented in each chapter.
One complaint I do have about the novel is the reference to the tragic state and debilitating future of elephants. Not because I don’t think it’s an important topic (according to the book elephants will be extinct in 20 years if humans continue slaughtering them at a rate of 38,000 a year), but rather it saddens me. The book is fantastic, but at times I found myself tearing up at these awful scenes of elephant abuse. For the faint of heart, I recommend skipping over these parts but not doing away with the book altogether.
Here some quotes to take away:
“I think grief is really like an ugly couch. It never goes away. You can decorate around it; you can slap a doily on top of it; you can push it to the corner of the room-but eventually, you learn to live with it.”
“Grandmothers in Botswana tell their children that if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, you must go together.”
“In the wild a calf under the age of 2 will not survive without its mother. In the wild a mother’s job is to teach her daughter everything she will need to know to become a mother herself. In the wild, a mother and daughter stay together until one of them dies.”