B>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a b>powerful (The Washington Post)/b> novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. /b>br>br>b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE/b>br>br> Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. Shes on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.br>br> b> /b>Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.br>br> b> /b>But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.br>br> b> /b>After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways--the first known map of the afterlife.br>br> b> /b>As the story unfolds, Dawns two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions shes never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadnt turned out to be the person you are right now?
Throughout her blockbuster career, no. 1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us ( The Boston Globe ). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet--and one unlike anything shes 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 that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alices 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 mothers 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 Alices 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, theyll have to face even harder answers. As Jennas memories dovetail with the events in her mothers 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. Praise for Leaving Time Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core. -- The Boston Globe Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss. -- The Washington Post A riveting drama. -- Us Weekly [A] moving tale. -- People A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery. -- USA Today In 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. -- Bookreporter [A] captivating and emotional story. -- BookPage With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [ Leaving Time ] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on. -- Womans Day 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 Journal Delivers a powerhouse ending. -- Booklist Memorable and poignant. -- Publishers Weekly