Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is Talk about unlucky sevens An hour ago seventeen year old seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal Mart in Sequoyah

  • Title: Where the Heart Is
  • Author: Billie Letts
  • ISBN: 9780446603652
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Talk about unlucky sevens An hour ago, seventeen year old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just 7.77 in change But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town a group of down to earth, deeply caring people willing tTalk about unlucky sevens An hour ago, seventeen year old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just 7.77 in change But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town a group of down to earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal Mart From Bible thumping blue haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee than she loves herself, they are about to take her and you, too on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to Where the Heart Is.

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    1. Billie Letts

      Billie Letts born in Tulsa, Oklahoma is an American author Earlier she worked as a professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University She was married to Dennis Letts until his death in 2008, and is the mother of playwright and actor Tracy Letts and jazz musician and composer Shawn Letts.

    869 thoughts on “Where the Heart Is”

    1. I read Billie Letts' story of Novalee and Americus Nation back in high school when it was featured on Oprah's book club. I recently saw this reviewed on a friend's page (thank you, Deanna) and felt like is was time for a reread. Novalee Nation is 17 and pregnant when she is abandoned by her boyfriend Wily Jack at a Walmart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Wily Jack had promised Novalee a house in California but on the spot decided he could not deal with impending fatherhood and left her for nothing. Noval [...]

    2. I loved this book!!! I can't believe I forgot to update and review it here. Sometimes I know I've read a book years ago but can't remember a lot about it. However, that is not the case with this book. I read it in 1999 when I was pregnant with my daughter. It seems like yesterday. It is so well written and such a wonderful book that remains with me all these years later. The main character Novalee Nation a 17 year old who is abandoned by her boyfriend and who gives birth to a baby girl in a Wal- [...]

    3. Ya'll, this is the sweetest book in the history of books! I read this one in high school, right before the movie with Natalie Portman came out. That turned out to be a bad idea, because the whole time I was in the theater I was analyzing how the book and the movie differed. Where the Heart Is tells the story of Novalee Nation, a pregnant teenager who's abandoned by her skank boyfriend in an unfamiliar Walmart. Novalee seems to charm everyone she meets, but she is naive at times and learns the ha [...]

    4. i loved this book. i have read many reviews by people that don't and the words "white trash" were always in there somewhere they couldn't enjoy a book about a "white trash" heroine. i think that it's easy to judge, easy to devalue something because of personal prejudice but if you've ever been in, known someone, or just heard about another human being in any of the situations resting in these pages, you can see the plain truth of it and it's beauty.

    5. I read this book in high school and it sparked an interest in reading that was pretty much non-existent until then. Thanks Miss Illingworth! I also saw this movie, and although it was cute, I am much more connected to Letts's fabulous characters as they were described on paper. She has a true gift of making you connect with the people in her stories. Their "real-ness" is something to be applauded.

    6. This book was horrible, if I could give it half a star I would. It's really unrealistic, if someone was living in a Wal Mart in real life, they'd be arrested, not given a job. And I thought Forney was a complete loser & Novalee was dumb to be so attracted to him, & I think the author had way too much fun thinking of ways that God could punish Willy Jack, the loser father of the baby, because all these horrible things happen to him. It makes teenage motherhood look glamorous & sends t [...]

    7. This book was pretty much a worthless piece of fluff. Anything this book does, any Barbara Kingsolver book will do about 2000 times better. This book is right on the border of dreadful.I must have gotten this book out of the trash. I hope I didn't pay even 20 cents for it at the Social Services League. Maybe I got it on $5 bag day at the Friends of the Library book sale. All I can say is that any amount I paid for this book was TOO MUCH!I read it when I was on a trip. I read it in airports and o [...]

    8. Having seen the movie several times I already really knew this story. This book came out when I was only 5 years old and it is crazy that it has taken me this long to pick it up. I enjoyed it for the most part! The book gives a lot more detail character wise than the movie which was nice on occasion, but I thought the movie did a good job editing the characters especially Willy Jack; there was some unneeded scenes with him. Having said that this story is filled with great side characters. Moses [...]

    9. One of my all-time fav books. The first time I read it, I bought it from the bookstore at Indro shopping centre (before it closed downgh!!) one Saturday afternoon with my ex husband (husband at the timeother sigh!), then went home, went to bed, didn't sleep that night and read it all in one sitting. I was blown away by it then, and even named my daughter after one of the characters (Cherry).Rereading it now, it hasn't lost any of its power and beauty. I find it's really a book about the kindness [...]

    10. I was introduced to this book since i watched the film first, and thought it was beautiful. This book didn't dissapoint me, it had beauty and love. Some may say its unbelivable or incourages teenage pregancy, since all ends well. But i don't believe thats true this book is about the good and bad in life, how sometimes a bad situation that looks like it will never get better, can be the begginning. A start to someones history, a start to someones life, a chance to become someone new. I related to [...]

    11. Have you ever been so "daw-gone" tired, that you're visualizing the comfort of your solitary bed? That warm down comforter. Your plush pillows. You keep pumping yourself up with the thought that you're nearly home. You've finally made it. You want to ensure that you really enjoy your night's rest, so even though you can hardly move, you go through your nightly hot shower ritual. Finally, you settle into bed, turn out the lights. All is quiet save for the steady breathing of your furry friends, a [...]

    12. This was a very easy read. A very good story. Of course considering I've seen the movie 1000 times the whole way through it I was comparing the two. Of course the movie didn't have all the personal relationships Novalee gains but as a whole the movie kept the same story. The movie just mixed the events up.

    13. Didn't review at the time of reading, unfortunately, but loved this story. Heartwarming and we saw the good side of human nature in the end.

    14. First, let me start off by saying this book was made into a movie (starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd) in 2000. It is one of those feel good flicks (you know the type, the kind that plays on Lifetime) and I saw it a few years ago. I'm one of those people who prefers to read a book prior to watching the movie adaptation, because I like to visualize the characters and scenes myself. There is a certain thrill of a story unfolding on a page vs. a movie screen (and the book is almost always mor [...]

    15. Honestly, the only thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was an easy read, which made the process of finishing it quick and slightly less painful. Only slightly, though, because this book was pretty much a waste of my time. I got nothing out of this story whatsoever. Novalee is the least inspiring protagonist I've ever had to follow, and the breaks to Willy Jack's story line came as a relief, despite the fact that he's meant to be a secondary character. I don't understand the choice to mak [...]

    16. Where the Heart Is is a story about a 17-year old pregnant girl called Novallee on a road trip to California from her home in Tennessee with her boyfriend, hoping to find a happy home with her boyfriend working on the railroads. Never has Novallee ever lived in a house and she wants to make sure that her baby grows up in the best environment that she can create. Novallee keeps a journal full of magazine pictures of houses and she looks through them, imagining her dream house in her head. But get [...]

    17. This is an Oprah recommended book which is why I began it. I didn't finish it --- a rare thing for me, but really, I couldn't spend any more time with the naive, starry-eyed, po' white trash heroine. She's 17, pregnant, and has been abandoned at a Walmart by her do-wrong boyfriend. When she gets her hands on some money the first thing she does is turn it over to her mother who abandoned her when she was nine (or something). Loser Mom read about her daughter in the paper because daughter had her [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, cute, easy read. It seems that this is a love/hate book. Don't read it expecting some great piece of high-minded literature. Take it for what it is - a feel good story about growing and changing.Novalee Nation matures throughout the book because of the people she meets in her new home. Where the Heart is is a book about the journey that you take as you grow up.

    19. Ahhhh such a great feel-good book, but NOT, at the same time. Novalee definitely has experienced her share of heartbreak and sadness, but she trucks on and always comes out okay on the other side. I have always loved this movie and the book was wonderful as well! I was happy to see that the movie followed very closely with the book.

    20. The upbeat side of tragedy comes through at every turn and the reader is pleasantly left with the optimism that good will prevail. A joy to read and emotionally satisfing along the way.

    21. I enjoyed the book over all, but I was expecting a lot more from it. The characters were really cool but I did not like the protagonist. I thought she was too complacent and lacked the strength that most chic-lit protagonists have. She was naive, and extremely hard on herself which made her slightly annoying to read about. However, I liked the way they show her development from someone who needs constant support to someone who is a source of comfort to her friends in time of need. The cast of ch [...]

    22. I admit my review is a little skewed as I had seen the movie several times before ever reading this book. I think that made the book a little less exciting, hence the 3 stars. I did however enjoy reading it and noting all the differences between the book and the movie. I think that I like the book better, as usual. I still found it satisfactory enough that I read it quite quickly, by my standards. It only took me about a week to complete. I was disappointed that the book seemed like it would be [...]

    23. A quick re-read for an SRC task. A very sweet story about a teenager discarded by those who should care for her (parents, boyfriend who is the father of her baby, etc). Instead, Novalee makes a family for herself out of the misfits in a small Oklahoma town. The setting feels very nailed into the Oklahoma landscape in a way that The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend does not. I originally picked this up in undergrad because the hook - pregnant Novalee somehow manages to live inside the Wal-Mart w [...]

    24. Great book. I read it in 4 hours and spent most of that time crying. Definitely a book that stays with you and warms your heart. The movie version was actually pretty darn faithful but doesn't take the place of this gem.

    25. Not sure why, but this one always appealed to me. Something about the idea of surviving in a Walmartjust intrigues me.

    26. I would be lying if I said this novel did not leave me disappointed. Thought Letts makes this book an easy read, I found myself wondering why a lot of the chapters were dragged on when the conflicts could have been resolved easier and more effectively. Even the advancing of the plot seemed to drag on for me and did not keep me wondering what was going to occur next. This was mostly due to the fact that the character archetypes such as the funny best friend/sidekick, wise elder and love interest, [...]

    27. What may appear as fluff and cheap chick lit is a masterful account of the ebb and tide of love, while there are saccharine notes there are some hard hitting truths exposed within the pages. What would happen if Romeo and Juliet survived? A young ingénue is abandoned by her paramour to face the teenage pregnancy which has become a tell of their union. Set amidst a trailer park and a Walmart in the heartland of America these motifs are indictments of the truth of the American dream and offer a s [...]

    28. I thought that this book was ALRIGHT. It wasn't the best book ever, but it wasn't the worst book ever. There were highs and lows, from the highs being the giant cast of characters, with new characters being introduced in almost every other paragraph. The characters personalities being shaped and solidified with only one or two exchanges of dialogue, I thought that was really cool, but that was about all I thought of it. The characters themselves were extremely profound and had very good chemistr [...]

    29. I liked it well enough for what I used it for, light quick reading while convalescing but not earth shattering literature that I will remember or pass along. Surprised that this was an Oprah pick and made into the movie with Natalie Portman. Liked the Walmart baby concept and the ignorant white trash America viewpoint. However, found the rest of the storyline hard to swallow. First place, Forney seems like he's autistic and I find it hard to believe that Novalee went from being attracted to soul [...]

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