"I think grief is like a really ugly couch. It never goes away. You can decorate around it; you can slap a doily on top of it; you can push it to the corner of the room - but eventually, you learn to live with it."
I listed to this as an audio book and really enjoyed it. I felt that it took a different path than Picoult's usual style, but still kept many of the same characteristics of her as an author. The book focused a lot on mother/daughter relationships that was incorporated with elephant behavior. I found the parts about elephants really interested and gained a new perspective of animal behavior in general.
I also really liked how Picoult developed the characters throughout the book. Without giving too much away, I wasn't too sure about the main character of Alice but I grew to really like her as the story progressed. I love how the details of the story unraveled slowly enough for readers to process both the characters and events. I was set to give the book 4 1/2 stars - or maybe even 5 at some points - but the ending took me by surprise. I'm still not sure how I felt about the it. I didn't see it coming at all and it was a little to unrealistic for me (at best), but I still loved the book. It was beautifully written and I couldn't put it down!
This book was #9 on my top ten list of 2015.