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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 read this book with teens that I teach life skills to. After reading the book we watched the movie. They all enjoyed comparing and contrasting the book and movie. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Emily
I loved the movie "Where There Heart Is", havi g watched it many, many times over the years. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Melissa Alderman
Billie Letts characters never disappoint-they're unusual, with wacky names and a little unrealistic, but hey, this is fiction and not all stories have to include realistic... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Brenda Smith
One my favorites book to read. You feel so close to the character and feel for her. She has so much courage at such a young age to make such a tough decision to keep her child... Read morePublished 1 month ago by KarenATL