- Fritzi Newton
Jenna's mother vanished ten years ago without a trace. In Jody Picoult's latest novel Leaving Time, the precocious 13-year-old is on a mission to crack the mystery and locate her missing parent. Her father Thomas, now committed to a mental institution, can barely recognize his daughter, let alone assist her in her quest. Instead, Jenna solicits the help of Virgil, a washed-up private investigator—one of two former cops who actually worked her mother’s case—and Serenity—a once famous psychic, now fallen from grace.
Thomas and Alice met through their mutual love for elephants. Thomas was the administrator of an elephant sanctuary in New Hampshire, while Alice researched elephant behavior in the wilds of Africa. When their paths crossed, the sparks between the two were palpable, and Alice moved back to the States to work with her future husband.
Soon after Jenna was born, their idyllic existence began to crack under the pressure of funding the sanctuary. Thomas’ behavior grew increasingly erratic and bordered on violent. Everything unraveled when a longtime employee was found with her head caved in, and Alice was located nearby and unconscious. She was taken to the local hospital where she disappeared in the middle of the night.
All these years later, Virgil is determined to rectify the loose ends concerning Alice’s disappearance. Serenity hopes to regain her gift which was lost in her pursuit of fame and fortune. Can these two possibly be instrumental in helping Jenna fill this painful void in her life?