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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
It is one of my all time favorite books. I feel like I know some of her characters in my own life.Published 12 days 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 27 days 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 27 days ago by Mellissa
I was in 8th grade when I read this: before school, between classes, and during breaks from after-school homework. Read morePublished 1 month ago by OreoCookies
This delightful story could really have happened in the heart of America. The weave of real persons and fictional characters is clever and makes the story all the more believable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
With a title that makes it sound like a Hallmark movie channel movie, this book is deceptively good. I can't wait to read more of Billie Letts and see if this is a fluke. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reverie N. Rowlett
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 4 months ago by bgs