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Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Where the Heart Is

by Billie Letts

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Sweet predictable book. ( )
  janismack | Sep 30, 2016 |
One of my favorite books. Loved the main character from the first page. Very interesting story. I didn't want to put it down. Highly recommended. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
I saw the movie first, and when I was telling my sister-in-law about it, she said, "I have that book!" and promptly gave it to me. The book is better than the movie (no news there).

Letts is a master at putting together an ensemble of characters, each with problem, flaws and several endearing qualities. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
It was a real feelgood story. I really liked Novalee, she had a sweetness about her that I really liked. She was in the worst position ever, abandoned in a strange town, pregnant and with nothing. Yet she still managed to be okay and make lemonade out of lifes lemons.

I found all the unfortunate events that happened to Willy Jack hilarious!

All in all I enjoyed this book. ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
The full, spoiler-free review of this re-read can be found here: https://yerawizardrenae.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/book-review-where-the-heart-is-by-billie-letts/ ( )
  RenaeMcBrian | Jan 31, 2016 |
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Novalee Nation, seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight--and superstitious about sevens--shifted uncomfortably in the seat of the old Plymouth and ran her hands down the curve of her belly.
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1998: A funny thing happens to Novalee Nation on her way to Bakersfield, California. Her ne'er-do-well boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own, leaving her with just 10 dollars and the clothes on her back. Not that hard luck is anything new to Novalee, who is "seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight--and superstitious about sevens.... For most people, sevens were lucky. But not for her," Billie Letts writes. "She'd had a bad history with them, starting with her seventh birthday, the day Momma Nell ran away with a baseball umpire named Fred..."

Still, finding herself alone and penniless in Sequoyah, Oklahoma is enough to make even someone as inured to ill fortune as Novalee want to give up and die. Fortunately, the Wal-Mart parking lot is the Sequoyah equivalent of a town square, and within hours Novalee has met three people who will change her life: Sister Thelma Husband, a kindly eccentric; Benny Goodluck, a young Native American boy; and Moses Whitecotton, an elderly African American photographer. For the next two months, Novalee surreptitiously makes her home in the Wal-Mart, sleeping there at night, exploring the town by day. When she goes into labor and delivers her baby there, however, Novalee learns that sometimes it's not so bad to depend on the kindness of strangers--especially if one of them happens to be Sam Walton, the superchain's founder.

Where the Heart Is oddly mixes heart-warming vignettes and surprising, brutal violence. Novalee's story is juxtaposed with occasional chapters chronicling Willy Jack's downward spiral into prison, disappointment, and degradation. And even in Sequoyah, sudden storms, domestic violence, kidnapping, and deadly fires punctuate Novalee's progress from homeless, unwed teen mom to successful, happy member of the community. This is not a subtle book; there's never any doubt that our heroine will make a home for herself and her baby or that Willy Jack will get what he deserves for abandoning them. Still, Billie Letts has created several memorable characters, and there's always room for another novel that celebrates the life-affirming qualities of reading, the importance of education, and the power of love to change lives. --Alix Wilber

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:42 -0400)

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A pregnant girl abandoned by her boyfriend hides in a Wal-Mart store, gives birth and becomes a celebrity as the mother of the Wal-Mart Baby. Help flows from everywhere as people jump on the publicity bandwagon, then the baby is kidnaped.

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