Larger Than Life (Novella)

Larger Than Life (Novella)

by 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553392104
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 78
Sales rank: 36,239
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY


A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University

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Larger Than Life (Novella) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
KLJ25 More than 1 year ago
ok short story, 57 pages including title & dedication. I can see the relationship between Alice & baby elephant, & Alice growing up with distant mother, but characters just weren't memorable. Not up to author's usual standards.
maeann More than 1 year ago
I got this book after the death of my son, not really knowing what it was about. This book ministered to my broken spirit in so many different ways. A must read if you have ever loved and lost a loved one.
vpsVS More than 1 year ago
A different type off novel from Jodi. Enjoyed reading it. Interesting and enlightening facts about elephants I was unaware of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sad wonderful prequel. I love Jodi and this nivella is the start of something fabulous. Cant wait to read the new book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodi jodi jodi and her bitter-sweet/just sad endings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodi did a great job of creating such an interesting story in only 58 pages (as opposed to her normal 400+ pg books). I look forward to the 'sequence' book, Leaving Time which is due out in October 2014
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the short story
jampm More than 1 year ago
Not a long story but a great one. Enjoyed a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting short story with background for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant getthebook to read it. I was really excited to read but it wouldnot come on my nook.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Jodi Picolt. Didn’t really know what to expect, but the book was engaging and entrancing from the beginning. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good preview to authors book Leaving time. Well worth the time and gives you more info about about Alice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of the 73 pages in this novella - only 58 was new material. The rest was a "preview" for Leaving Time" which was published before this and I had already read. I could not help but feel scammed. I loved the story but probably would not have paid for such a short story.
11155397 More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I've read anything by Jodi Picoult and I can't wait to pick up one of her full-length novels. The author packs so much heart into less than 60 pages that I felt a sense of loss when I finished reading. She also put a great deal of time into the research of elephants.
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An engaging read. I enjoyed the sample and I am anxious to get more into it. I will look forward to the new book to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling story left me longing for more. Quickly and easily drawn into the story. The character development was strong especially given the story length. Couldn't wait to read "Larger Than Life."
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Such a touching book. Sad, funny and a lot of information anout elephants
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