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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
Gave this book as a gift to a friend. I have read it several times. Love the story.Published 16 days ago by Trixie
Where your heart is is where home will be and you will know it when you get there. Home is where you are surrounded by people you love and love you back - then you will have found... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dianne E. Socci-Tetro
I have read this 3x and still love it. SImple story, filled with love, heartbreak, and friendship. Great character development too.Published 23 days ago by WashingtonApple
The author is a skilled writer. She is a fine story-teller as well. I loved this book and liked the film adaptation as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shirley Y. Thomas
I read the book many years ago in school and never got to finish it. And I've always wondered what happened to Novalee and the other characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teresa Ramseur
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