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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Absolutely enjoyed this entire book. A great piece of fiction with everything from love to sorrow, joy and regret, life and loss. Would recommend to any book club.Published 9 days ago by Heather E Amonica
thanks for the book its a good and i like it its so clean and its seem to be like a new with a good price and good period to got itPublished 10 days ago by Basma
I finished reading and closed the cover with the greatest satisfaction, as though I had finished a meal and were pushing back from the table. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Campbell
This book never lost my interest. I never wanted to put the book it down. Everything comes together at the end.Published 1 month ago by Rachelle Leonard
It is one of my all time favorite books. I feel like I know some of her characters in my own life.Published 2 months ago by nancy e. schmedt
One of those books that you don't want to end. The characters just get attached to your heart and you miss them when there are no more pages to turn.Published 2 months ago by Kon
This book was slightly outlandish, but also very honest about life and it's hardships. So many beautiful phrases are written into the dialogue and some of the best advice you will... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mellissa