Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Pregnant, overweight, and convinced about her inherent bad luck, Novalee Nation hopes for a new life in a new state with her boyfriend but is dumped along the way in Oklahoma, where she finds her spirit renewed

Blackwell North Amer
Novalee Nation has always been unlucky with sevens. She's seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight - and now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just $7.77 in change. An hour ago, she was on her way from Tennessee to a new life in Bakersfield, California. Suddenly, with all those sevens staring her in the face, she is forced to accept the scary truth: her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens has left her with empty pockets and empty dreams.
But Novalee is about to discover treasures hidden in Sequoyah - a group of disparate and deeply caring people, among them blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband, who hands out advice and photocopied books of the Bible ... Moses Whitecotton, the wise, soft-spoken, elderly black photographer eager to teach Novalee all he knows ... and Forney Hull, the eccentric town librarian who hides his secrets - and his feelings - behind his world of books.

Baker
& Taylor

Pregnant, overweight, and convinced about her inherent bad luck, Novalee Nation hopes for a new life in a new state with her boyfriend but is dumped along the way in Oklahoma, where she finds her spirit renewed. A first novel. Winner of the Walker Percy Award. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780446519724
0446519723
Branch Call Number: FIC Le 1995
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 28, 2016

I picked this up at a time when I greatly needed a hopeful book. It really is, in spite of multiple tragedies. For a long time I wished that Willy Jack would disappear for good. In the end, their parallel stories turn out to be important. Novalee ends up with a true, if unconventional, family and a wonderful home for her daughter. While there's plenty of action in this book, it's really character driven. Novalee, and the other major characters, change and grow, which is what makes this a hopeful book. It's not preachy, but full of humor. The interesting names are part of the humor, and the dialog defines each person. I'll read more of her books.

PImaLib_EvaO May 04, 2015

Read this book a while ago and still is my favorite!

ranjanis Apr 04, 2013

Well written. You can feel the pain that the characters are going through.

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annjerryk
Jun 12, 2012

This is not my normal read. I did like the story although the hope in it was hard to find at times. Novalee was able to overcome all that and stand tall in the end.

NGarcias Dec 06, 2011

I liked this book, and the main character Novalee. However, in this book there were just too many back to back tragedies. It seemed as though this was experienced until the very last chapter. Overall, it was a good book and story, just squeezed my heart the whole time.

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rmsanford
Apr 05, 2011

I read this book before the movie came out and fell in love with Novalee. Although a fictional character, when I need a push to keep going, I will pick this book up and remind myself that, "If Novalee can do it, so can I".

alex Jul 20, 2008

such memorable characters. Novalee Nation, Americus, Sister and Forney will remain in your heart long after you've finished the book.

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