Monday, August 4, 2014
Larger Than Life, by Jodi Picoult
Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: Short 78 page novella, a prequel to the novel coming out in October. Loved all the information about elephant behavior, as I've always found them fascinating. Anxious for October now, so I can read Leaving Time.