StyleBistro Book Club: 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult

StyleBistro Book Club: 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult(Source: Random House Publishing Group, Shoptiques)
StyleBistro Book Club: 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult has earned countless fans not just for her accessibly written, plot-twisting narratives, but also for her dedication to fully researching whatever setting she chooses to place her characters in.

For her latest work of fiction, Leaving Time ($28, out today), it's a New Hampshire elephant sanctuary, where a staff member has been trampled to death and another has seemingly vanished. At the center of the story is teenage protagonist Jenna Metcalf, who was three at the time of the incident and is determined to find out what happened to her research-scientist mother, Alice, who disappeared that fateful night.

The 13-year-old teams up with a pair of unlikely allies—Serenity Jones, an out-of-touch psychic; and Virgil Stanhope, an alcoholic former cop who botched the original investigation—and the pieces of the puzzle on what truly happened start to merge from there.

Much of the book plays off of memory and the fact that a pachyderm never forgets, and since the mammoth creatures are practically characters in the story themselves, it was only natural that this product pick be something elephant-printed. I settled on a blue scarf just like the one Jenna inherited from her mom—it not only physically connects her to Alice, but plays an important role in helping her find the truth, which is so unexpected, you'll want to re-read the book to look for clues you may have missed on the first pass.

StyleBistro Book Club: 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult
(Source: Shoptiques)Julie Vos Blue Elephant Scarf, $160, at
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