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Talk About Unlucky Sevens An Hour Ago, Seventeen Year Old, Seven Months Pregnant Novalee Nation Was Heading For California With Her Boyfriend Now She Finds Herself Stranded At A Wal Mart In Sequoyah, Oklahoma, With JustIn Change But Novalee Is About To Discover Hidden Treasures In This Small Southwest Town A Group Of Down To Earth, Deeply Caring People Willing To Help A Homeless, Jobless Girl Living Secretly In A Wal Mart From Bible Thumping Blue Haired Sister Thelma Husband To Eccentric Librarian Forney Hull Who Loves Novalee Than She Loves Herself, They Are About To Take Her And You, Too On A Moving, Funny, And Unforgettable Journey To Where The Heart Is


10 thoughts on “Where the Heart Is

  1. says:

    I read Billie Letts story of Novalee and Americus Nation back in high school when it was featured on Oprah s book club I recently saw this reviewed on a friend s page thank you, Deanna and felt like is was time for a reread Novalee Nation is 17 and pregnant when she is abandoned by her boyfriend Wily Jack at a Walmart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma Wily Jack had promised Novalee a house in California but on the spot decided he could not deal with impending fatherhood and left her for nothing Novalee has nowhere to turn to and makes Walmart her home until the baby is born On her first day in Sequoyah, she meets three special people who stay with her for the duration of the novel Sister Hubbard, who becomes her surrogate mother Moses Whitecotton, an elderly black gentleman and photographer who along with his wife Certain acts as her grandfather and Benny Goodluck, a boy who for all practical purposes is her younger brother The majority of the book focuses on Novalee and Americus and the roots they put down in Sequoyah Interspersed with their story is that of Wily Jack and how he struggles to make it in the country music industry Novalee has never gotten over Wily Jack and fears for him the entire book, almost as though she is afraid that he will come and take Americus away from her After all, her life until moving to Sequoyah had been about neglect and abandonment Novalee meets special friends First is Lexie Coop, her new best girl friend The women are there for each other through thick and thin Then there is Forney Hull, the town librarian who opens up Novalee s eyes to the world of education and who is smitten with her from day one How their relationship develops becomes a major plot line of the book The reason why I give this book 4.5 stars as opposed to 5 is because not all loose ends are tied up and I am a sucker for a perfect ending Those who know me know that this is usually the reason why I will lower ratings Aside from that, this is a beautiful book about what is positive about rural America I was sad to say goodbye to the characters and can only dream that Novalee and Americus lead long and happy lives I highly recommend this to all fiction aficionados.


  2. says:

    I loved this book I can t believe I forgot to update and review it here Sometimes I know I ve read a book years ago but can t remember a lot about it However, that is not the case with this book I read it in 1999 when I was pregnant with my daughter It seems like yesterday It is so well written and such a wonderful book that remains with me all these years later The main character Novalee Nation a 17 year old who is abandoned by her boyfriend and who gives birth to a baby girl in a Wal Mart store Novalee was such a great character and easy to love and root for There is also such a great cast of supporting characters in this book that are treasures with a couple that you will love to hate Characters who open their hearts and home to Novalee and teach her many lessons while helping her raise her daughter Americus This was such a unique story that was so hard to put down Heartwarming, funny and quite intense at times A page turner with so much heart that I will always recommend it highly.


  3. says:

    Ya ll, this is the sweetest book in the history of books I read this one in high school, right before the movie with Natalie Portman came out That turned out to be a bad idea, because the whole time I was in the theater I was analyzing how the book and the movie differed Where the Heart Is tells the story of Novalee Nation, a pregnant teenager who s abandoned by her skank boyfriend in an unfamiliar Walmart Novalee seems to charm everyone she meets, but she is naive at times and learns the hard way that not every person is trustworthy Still, she has a strong soul and seems to prevail despite the hardships that are thrown at her Novalee, despite the weird name, is one of the most realistic characters that I ve ever read I don t know what it is about her character, probably the fact that she s so freaking sweet and innocent that you can t help but like her, but she s still a favorite of mine after almost a decade.


  4. says:

    i loved this book i have read many reviews by people that don t and the words white trash were always in there somewhere they couldn t enjoy a book about a white trash heroine i think that it s easy to judge, easy to devalue something because of personal prejudice but if you ve ever been in, known someone, or just heard about another human being in any of the situations resting in these pages, you can see the plain truth of it and it s beauty.


  5. says:

    What a colassal waste of timei m giving this book the finger as we speak.


  6. says:

    I read this book in high school and it sparked an interest in reading that was pretty much non existent until then Thanks Miss Illingworth I also saw this movie, and although it was cute, I am much connected to Letts s fabulous characters as they were described on paper She has a true gift of making you connect with the people in her stories Their real ness is something to be applauded.


  7. says:

    This book was horrible, if I could give it half a star I would It s really unrealistic, if someone was living in a Wal Mart in real life, they d be arrested, not given a job And I thought Forney was a complete loser Novalee was dumb to be so attracted to him, I think the author had way too much fun thinking of ways that God could punish Willy Jack, the loser father of the baby, because all these horrible things happen to him It makes teenage motherhood look glamorous sends the message that if you get into the situation that Novalee did everyone will love you embrace you And one last thing, I thought Americus was a really stupid name for the baby.


  8. says:

    This quirky story of a young girl who lives in a trailer in a Walmart parking lot captured my imagination and my heart The movie version wasn t bad, either Going to add this one to my reread list I love ordinary people, going through all the usual trials and tribulations that beset the human race, who somehow make it to the other side with hope in their hearts This was a fabulous read


  9. says:

    This book was pretty much a worthless piece of fluff Anything this book does, any Barbara Kingsolver book will do about 2000 times better This book is right on the border of dreadful.I must have gotten this book out of the trash I hope I didn t pay even 20 cents for it at the Social Services League Maybe I got it on 5 bag day at the Friends of the Library book sale All I can say is that any amount I paid for this book was TOO MUCH I read it when I was on a trip I read it in airports and on airplanes and in hotel rooms I left it behind in my hotel room when I checked out I didn t want to put it in the trash can, but I sure as hell didn t want to tote it home Maybe the person who cleaned my room found it and her his life was changed in some positive way I hope so All it did for me was keep me from dwelling on the possibility of a plane crash.This is one of the Opra s book club books, which is kind of surprising because some of the books in her club are actually decent Not this one.


  10. says:

    Having seen the movie several times I already really knew this story This book came out when I was only 5 years old and it is crazy that it has taken me this long to pick it up I enjoyed it for the most part The book gives a lot detail character wise than the movie which was nice on occasion, but I thought the movie did a good job editing the characters especially Willy Jack there was some unneeded scenes with him Having said that this story is filled with great side characters Moses and Certain are a favorite along with quirky Sister Husband The story as a whole is engaging and heart warming It also doesn t shy away from consequences of life choices.