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Where the Heart Is [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Billie Letts
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November 1995 G K Hall Large Print Book Series
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 just $7.77 in 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 more 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.
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Letts's debut novel concerns a pregnant teenage girl who finds a new life among the quirky inhabitants of a small town in Oklahoma.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My heart was with this book! May 26 2004
Format:Paperback
In Billie Letts' novel "Where the Heart Is," she creates a loving and heartwarming story about a young woman trying to establish herself as a positive role model for her daughter and keep up with the fast paced changes life throws in her direction. The novel follows Novalee Nation, a young woman of 17 who gives birth to a baby girl in the most unlikely place: a Wal-Mart store. Knowing no one in the small town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma where she was abandoned by her boyfriend, she is forced to find friends and support from a whole host of characters. There's Sister Thelma Husband, who opens her home to Novalee and helps raise her daughter Americus. Forney, the librarian, who teaches Novalee some of the most important lessons about love and friendship. Lexie, the nurse who befriended Novalee in the hospital after Americus was born, who taught her important lessons about family, and that life can change in a single moment and not to take anything for granted. All of the characters are so well developed and they add something unique to the story that makes it such a great read.
Billie Letts does an excellent job of placing the reader in Sequoyah, mostly because she has lived there before and knows the ways to make a reader feel as though they are experiencing the dry heat of Oklahoma and the tornado that whips through the town, leaving a huge impact on the life of Novalee. It was a very easy read, not a lot of overwhelming detail. Just enough to evoke an image in your mind of the characters and the setting, and to get a solid understanding of the feelings and emotions of the characters.
I really loved the bond between Novalee and Americus, and how the emphasis on family was so important.
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By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
This is my first book by this author. I picked this book because I had seen a few clips of the movie that was made from it and because it was listed on the Oprah's Book Club. So, I was curious about the story and I expected a great book since it was endorsed by Oprah. Well...I've got mixed feelings about it. It starts very well and the premise of the story is very intriguing. It's about a young homeless pregnant 17-year old girl (Novalee) who finds herself in trouble and decide to hide in a Wal-Mart until she figures out what to do. She ends up delivering her baby in the Wal-Mart and, thanks to the help of wonderful strangers, makes a new life for herself in a small town in Oklahoma. So, as I said, it starts well and it hooks you but, to my sadness, it kind of fizzles after a while. As the years go by, the author seems to run out of imagination and sticks to mentionning, without much development, events that happen to Novalee and those she loves. While the ending seems nice, the author kind of leaves us hanging as to how Novalee's life turns out. So, a good start but a superficial treatment makes for an unsatisfying novel. I give it 3 out 5 stars (good, but barely).
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By scarlet
Format:Paperback
I normally start fictional books and just stop...Book of Negros, The Kite Runner, Water for Elephants. This book was different. I honestly loved every single minute and was so upset when it was finished. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 12 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful novel that will make you feel good after reading it. The characters are very likable and the overall tone is tender and warm. Although a bit predictable, Where the Heart Is will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!!! June 23 2004
Format:Paperback
I absolutely LOVED this book! I can't even tell you how many times I have read this book!
The characters are awesome and reading about them makes me want to meet them. They are all so fun-loving and they seem like really great people!
After reading the book, I bought the movie and the movie doesn't do justice to how incredibly great this book was!
Everyone should read this book, it teaches you about life and how you shouldn't take things for granted! Again, AWESOME book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Nov. 14 2009
Format:Paperback
Very easy read. It is a one day type of book. Very inspiring story, full of good humor and reality. The characters seem real, and gives you hope that the world is not all that bad. Its a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read June 8 2010
By Ltype
Format:Paperback
If you are looking for something entertaining, this is it. The book takes you on a journey with characters you want to meet. Novalee starts off being a follower and ends up being a doer. Inspiring, you won't want to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Aug. 2 2008
By J. Macgillivray TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this quite some time ago, a few years before it became an Oprah book. I found it charming and sweet then, and have enjoyed re-reading it several times over the years. It reminds you that there are still good people out there.
I enjoyed the movie with Natalie Portman as well.
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