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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
I loved the movie and thought that I would just go ahead and read the book. There were some differences between the story from the two.
All in all, I was satisfied. Read more
Glad I finally read the book after seeing the movie years ago. Book is always better of course. To watch Novalee grow throughout the novel and fall in love is a privilege to read.Published 27 days ago by Staci Lynch
Story about courage, second chances, and lots of hope. Where the Heart Is is a touching story that you won't be able to put down. Loved it!Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's hard to not compare this to the movie (which is one of my favorites though I generally stay away from chick lit). But this is a Great book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by steffany813
Love the movie and loved the book! I like how the author tells the story. I will have to read more from herPublished 2 months ago by Pen Name
Good story. I had seen the movie version of the story first. I enjoyed it both ways.Published 3 months ago by Pauline M. Wilson