LARGER THAN LIFE
By: Jodi Picoult
Published: August 4, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The new trend in book publishing is for authors to come out with a novella or short story that gives the reader a bit more information and often times, the backstory behind the main characters in the novel. This short story is written to grab the readers interest before their big book comes out and of course, make you want to read the rest of the story. Heather Gudenkauf did this with her short story, LITTLE LIES before LITTLE MERCIES was published. See my review for them, HERE.
Jodi Picoult’s fans have been waiting for her newest book LEAVING TIME and I have certainly been one of them. As a book reviewer, I tend to not always get to read the books that I want to read because I have a long list of review books to get to. But there are just some authors that I make room for in my reading and Picoult is one of them. When I saw she also had a novella, I knew I wanted to read that as well. I kind of like the idea of a shorter story that draws you into the characters. These short stories are usually only available as an eBook and are usually very low-cost or free.
LARGER THAN LIFE takes us back to an earlier time in the life of Alice. We learn a bit about her childhood and life with her single mother. Alice is turned on to science one day when she comes home to a newly decorated room, equipped with a microscope. After that day, Alice never looked back and eventually becomes a Harvard graduate and an elephant researcher in Africa.
Even though this novella is less than a hundred pages, Picoult has a way of writing that makes even the shortest stories worth reading. We become attached to Alice and her elephant calf, Lesego. We understand her frustrations with her mom while she was growing up and her loneliness for companionship as an adult. Reading this novella gives us the history of Alice’s relationships to take us right into LEAVING TIME where we move forward several years to Alice’s daughter, Jenna. Jenna is a teenager and looking for her missing mother.
I’m anxious to crack open LEAVING TIME after reading this and I know you will be too. LARGER THAN LIFE is only available as an eBook and as of right now is just $1.99 on Kindle.