A NovelBook - 2014
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment. . .or worse. Still Jenna--now 13 years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the 2 people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of 1 of her mother's co-workers. Together these 3 lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult's first novel with Random House Canada is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.
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“You can have the best intentions, but the moment there’s a hairline crack, it is only a matter of time before you go to pieces.”
“Sometimes I think there’s no such thing as falling in love. It’s just the fear of losing someone.”
“I’m the princess in an ivory tower, except every brick is made of history, and I built this prison myself.”
“In the wild, an elephant mother and daughter stay in close proximity their whole lives; I hope I am that lucky.”
“You can’t blame someone if they honestly don’t understand that their reality isn’t the same as yours.”
“Maybe growing up is just focusing on what you’ve got, instead of what you don’t.”
“If you think about someone you've loved and lost, you are already with them. The rest is just details.”
“When someone leaves you once, you expect it to happen again. Eventually you stop getting close enough to people to let them become important to you, because then you don't notice when they drop out of your world.”
“I think grief is like a really 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.”
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