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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 is a touching story of love. However, not romantic love. Through the life of one woman Billie Letts shows the reader the glory of love of friends and children and community. Read morePublished 21 days ago by bgs
Looking at the other reviews for this novel, it seems people either love it or hate it. Maybe because my roots are in the South, I'm on the love it side. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Maria
A great story.. A love story with a colorful cast of characters.. I couldnt put it down.. Easy reading making it very enjoyable..Published 1 month ago by jenjing
I have seen the movie version of this book several times, and as always the case with books vs. movie versions, the book contained a lot more detail, scenarios, and characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie B.
I loved this book and read it three or four times. I even bought the movie which I watched many times. A refreshing twist to an interesting storyline. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janice VanDine
This book is about self-actualization + redemption. I found myself cheering on every female character in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Winnie
Loved the characters. Loved how the book kept me engaged. Very interesting. Will read more by this author. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by Angela Morris
I have watched the movie to this book probably a million times and I finally read the book. "Whoa," was what I first thought because I've never read a book whose movie... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ali Avila
Easy read and just a nice very interesting saga of a basically homeless teenager. This book was recommended to me by a friend.Published 2 months ago by S. Jensen