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Jodi Picoult

leaving time!

A mother's love.
A daughter's search for truth.
A mystery that will not rest…

Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she’s delivered her most affecting work yet —a book unlike anything she’s written before.

#1 LEAVING TIME debuts as #1 NYT bestseller!

Jodi’s new novel, Leaving Time, was released in the US, Canada, and Australia October 14, 2014, and in the UK on 4th November. 13-year-old Jenna Metcalf is searching for her mother, Alice, an elephant researcher, who disappeared 10 years earlier after a tragic accident at their sanctuary for former circus/zoo elephants. Leaving Time explores the mother-daughter relationship and the idea that those we can't forget are never truly gone. …more

Best-selling, reliably entertaining, and thought-provoking Picoult's newest multifaceted novel is redolent with elephant lore that explores the animals' behavior when faced with death and grief, and combines a poignant tale of human loss with a perplexing crime story that delivers a powerhouse ending.

CBS This Morning video
Watch Jodi on CBS This Morning!   (October 17, 2014)
Readers can usually count on blockbuster novelist Jodi Picoult for two things. First is a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core that will keep readers enthusiastically turning the page. Second is impressive insight into any number of topical issues. From donor children and terminal illness to teen suicide and social issues like class and race, Picoult does her homework, and her main themes are thoroughly researched and engrossingly presented. With this new novel, “Leaving Time,” her fans will not be disappointed.
Boston Globe

leaving time book tour !

I LOVE to meet my fans! Please join me at one of my upcoming LEAVING TIME tour events.   xoxo —Jodi

South Africa: Jan. 20–23 »

Feb. 6, 2015

If you live in New England, come hear me talk at the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 PM!

A huge THANK YOU to all of my US, UK and Canadian fans who come out to my Leaving Time tour last fall!

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life eBook

Set in the wilds of Africa, Larger Than Life eShort introduces Alice, the unforgettable character at the center of 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. …more

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke introduces Serenity Jones, one of the three narrators in LEAVING TIME. Even as a child, Serenity knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. …more

The Color War

The Color War seBook

Check out The Color War —a moving short story about the summer that changed a boy’s life forever. This coming of age story reveals an America where the lines between black and white, rich and poor, and insider and outsider too often divide minds and hearts and separate a child from his own sense of promise. …more

Catch up with Jodi…


It is estimated that there are 40 million books by Jodi Picoult in print —in 35 countries. Wondering what makes Jodi such a prolific, bestselling author? Learn more about Jodi and read her latest answers to frequently asked questions.

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‘Picoult is a master in dissecting and describing the tangle of family relationships and the counterbalance of love.’
— Tampa Tribune

Flip through Jodi's 7 most recent books

Use your arrow keys to flip through Jodi's 7 most recent published works. Click on a jacket to vist that book's page. Learn about my new eShorts and Novellas, Larger Than Life, Where There's Smoke and The Color War.

  • Sing You Home
  • Lone Wolf
  • The Storyteller
  • Leaving Time
  • Larger Than Life
  • Where Theres Smoke
  • The Color War

Published novels: 1992-present

Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995), Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998), Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister's Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Heart (2008), Handle With Care (2009), House Rules (2010), and Sing You Home (2011), Lone Wolf (2012) and the YA novel Between The Lines (2012) co-written with my daughter Samantha van Leer, and The Storyteller (2013) My new novel, Leaving Time, was released in the US, Canada, and Australia October 14, 2014; it will be released in the UK on 4th November.