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Larger Than Life (Novella) (Kindle Single) [Format Kindle]

Jodi Picoult
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From Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and My Sister’s Keeper, comes a gripping and beautifully written novella, now available exclusively as an eBook. Set in the wilds of Africa, Larger Than Life introduces Alice, the unforgettable character at the center of Picoult’s anticipated new novel, Leaving Time.
A researcher studying memory in elephants, Alice is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calf—the mother’s powerful protective instincts and her newborn’s unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitat—while following an important rule: She must only observe and never interfere. Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave the helpless baby behind. Thinking back on her own childhood, and on her shifting relationship with her mother, Alice risks her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent’s love.
Praise for Jodi Picoult
“Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us.”—The Boston Globe
“Picoult is a rare writer who delivers book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Jodi Picoult’s novels do not gather dust on the bedside table. They are gobbled up quickly and the readers want more.”—Los Angeles Times

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely 21 août 2014
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Such a sweet, funny and sad story all in one. I really enjoyed reading it, especially the baby elephant's antics. I can't wait to read the sequel!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 informative and thought-provoking as well as being at times funny and very moving 4 août 2014
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Larger Than Life is a short story prequel to Leaving Time, the twenty-first full length novel by popular American author, Jodi Picoult. It introduces naturalist, Alice Metcalf, a key character in Leaving Time and details some of her history. In Botswana, Alice comes across an elephant calf that has survived the massacre of her herd by poachers. What she does next could jeopardise her whole career. Picoult has obviously done a lot of research into her subject: even this short taster gives the reader interesting facts about elephant herds, in particular the importance of the matriarch, and some of the effects of poaching. In true Picoult fashion, this story is informative and thought-provoking as well as being at times funny and very moving. The download also includes the first chapter of Leaving Time. Readers will eagerly devour this free offering in anticipation of the publication of Picoult’s upcoming novel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 great story. Then I read them (a few 14 août 2014
Par A. Tift - Publié sur
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I find Jodi Picoult books frustrating. I read the dust jackets on her books and think, ooooh, great story. Then I read them (a few, not all) and am disappointed in the writing and always the neatly tied up ending. I grabbed this because I was between books and well, it was free. I found the elephant information fascinating. Elephants are animals and stupid me, assume animals behave like animals. So the elephant research was enlightening. The story was, meh. The main character (who's name I've already forgotten) has dedicated her entire life to studying elephants and didn't know the baby elephant she adopted would become so attached to her, the main caregiver? The entire book which comes out this fall, seems to be more about her life much later with her adult daughter and I'm not sure I'd find that as interesting. Seems like her other books, readable without making much of an impression. Except the elephant info!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything Picoult Writes Is Powerful, Riveting, and Brilliant! Do Not Miss This Series. 5 août 2014
Par Judith D. Collins - Publié sur
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For all you Jodi Picoult fans, you cannot miss LARGER THAN LIFE, a new e-book short story novella, setting the stage for her heartwarming and upcoming LEAVING TIME, Oct 14, 2014.

Set in Botswana, in 1999, Alice is a naturalist, and researcher, focused on studying elephants. In LARGER THAN LIFE, we learn details about Alice, and her love and passion for elephants since she was ten years old, as she describes the life of an elephant in comparison to a human; which are no so different, after she completed a watercolor painting of an African elephant.

She remained intrigued with elephants and learned both affect and are affected by their environment and live in female herds—the matriarch, the oldest in the family makes all the decision.

Now she finds herself in the middle of a massacre of five elephants, and recalls a few months ago when she worked in South African at Madikwe Game Reserve. She knows the job of scientist is to study wildlife, but not to interfere with it. (Hence, why they are called naturalists).

She knows there have been many times in the past year when she has wondered if that might be an excuse for not having to be held responsible when something goes wrong. She knows elephants grieve and they will return for years to the site where a family member has died and will mourn. So now, this calf (baby elephant)is missing her mother and follows her home. She is all it has.

Alice will risk her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent's love.

As readers will learn in upcoming LEAVING TIME, Jenna will be searching for her mom Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident, when she was a child. Jenna only has her mom’s Alice’s journals, as she studied grief among elephants and the animals she loved, as she frantically continues to look for clues of her mother while seeking the help of Serenity Jones, a psychic and Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues.

Would also recommend WHERE THERE’S SMOKE: Another (free) e-short story as a prequel to LEAVING TIME, about Serenity Jones and her unusual psychic gifts.

What is not to like about Jodi Picoult? Everything she writes is powerful, riveting, and brilliant! You will not want to miss this series, and as always, no one can tell it better than Picoult!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Never forget 4 août 2014
Par PegFF - Publié sur
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This novella will pull your heartstrings. When fiction feels like life the reading is well worth your time. This is the first fiction of Jodi Picoult I've read. It won't be the last.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This was a wonderful read as well as a precursor to Leaving Time ... 18 août 2014
Par Zora - Publié sur
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This was a wonderful read as well as a precursor to Leaving Time due in October. We had been told about Leaving Time, set in the context of a researching studying grief in elephants, however Picoult once again humanizes her characters to the extent that you are captured by them. Alice's work of studying grief in elephants mirrors her own relationship with her mother from which her lack of several aspects about herself come from. She does a wonderful job of setting the context for the development of the characters as well as the ways in which they change or remain the same. Picoult has worked her magic once again, I got this for free during for the week in which she mentioned that this would be free and am so glad that I did. Moreover, I was so surprised and elated that there is a glimpse of Leaving Time through an excerpt. I can't wait for that book to come out and hopefully I will be getting her newest book signed during her book tour this October! Wonderful read, it was delivered wireless therefore immediately for whenever I wanted to get to it. Reading her short story may be a great introduction to those unfamiliar with her work. This would also be a wonderful gift to anyone who enjoys her book since its offered on all platforms and most devices for those who don't prefer the physical book format.
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