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Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 1998

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1998: A funny thing happens to Novalee Nation on her way to Bakersfield, California. Her ne'er-do-well boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own, leaving her with just 10 dollars and the clothes on her back. Not that hard luck is anything new to Novalee, who is "seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight--and superstitious about sevens.... For most people, sevens were lucky. But not for her," Billie Letts writes. "She'd had a bad history with them, starting with her seventh birthday, the day Momma Nell ran away with a baseball umpire named Fred..."

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


A pregnant teenager abandoned by her boyfriend in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, finds a new home with the eccentric and caring people of the community.

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While shopping around one night in book store, long before this novel was ever advertised by the movie version, it caught my eye. After reading the back summary, I did not expext much-you know the average teen age girl gets pregnant, struggles a little, and finally makes it to a stage in her life where she can be content-Wrong. This book was one that kept me turning the pages, as you read each chapter, Novalee, with her residence in Wal-Mart, Sister Husband, with her crazy, personality, Forney, with his stong and honest passion for Novalee, are sure to make you laugh, cry, and even at times think about the people who have touched your life. This story is beautifully written, while revealing some of the toughest situations in life that deal with a little bit of every department.
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Where the Heart Is is an exciting and fasanating book with two different parts. The first part was about a pregant, homeless, seventeen year old girl who gets abanded at a Walmart by her boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens. That part I could relate to because I'm thirteen and I understood all her issues. Then Novalee ends up living and having her baby Americus in Walmart. She gets the center of attention in the little town in Oklahoma. She meets lots of new friends that care for her and help her. Her unlucky sevens and haunting past come back to haunt her. She tries to deal with everything and tries to love herself before she can love someone else. The second part of the story was about Willy Jack Pickens, the man who abanded Novalee at a Walmart in Oklahoma. He goes broke and tries to become a rockstar by making up a song from his past. A lady says he stole the song, so Willy Jack is out of the music business and gets put in jail. While he suffers form pain and lies, he tries to come back to the past even though the past was a long time ago. He reunites with Novalee at a hospital and reveals a lie he told to Novalee when he said he didn't feel his baby's heart. Then he says that once you made a lie, you better tell the truth before it's too late, so Novalee goes to Forney and tells him she lied and says she loves him. Through out the whole book, most of it is about the past. It was a real heartwarming book and I suggest you read it!
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...what do you do? Novalee Nation, who is 17 years old and pregnant, is travelling from Tennessee to California with her boyfriend. Planning to settle down with her boyfriend in California where he is to get a job in the music industry, she is suddenly abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma during a bathroom stop. When you're in a situation like that, all alone in a town where you know nobody, with only approx. $10 in your pocket, and the clothes on your back, what options do you have? What can you do? Fortunately for Novalee, she meets 3 kindred spirits. Each person aids Novalee in maturing from an uneducated teenager to a loving and confident mother, and provides her with a home. Each person in turn becomes part of her family, something she's never had in her life.
The novel starts off with Novalee at seventeen and ends when she is twenty-five. During the timeperiod, she gives birth to her baby at Wal-Mart, and receives a lot of support from the town and nationwide. She also meets a wonderful man and falls in love with him.
Where the Heart Is, is a remarkable story. I enjoyed it so much, that I got all my friends reading it. The movie version of the story is not as good as the novel. Read the novel, Ms. Letts has clevery woven a heart warming tale.
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Ok, so it's sugary, cheesy, perhaps unrealistic in parts...whatever. It's not Shakespeare, it's not The Great American Classic, but it is a sweet, touching, and often thoughful story for anyone open-minded enough to try reading a book that's not full of cynicism. Yes, it may seem soap-opera-ish and Pollyanna-ish, but sheesh,it wasn't written to win the pulitzer prize or anything. I admit somewhat sheepishly to have read many of Opra's picks, and this is one of my favorites (along with White Oleander, which is wonderful). I found Where the Heart Is a very quick read and thoughoughly enjoyable. The characters are quirky and lovable, if often steriotypical, and I found myself very caught up in Novalee's story. I was disappointed at the end, but only because I was sorry there was not more to read. I read the book about a year ago and I was excited to see that it was being made into a movie. Well, I saw the movie yesterday (finally)and I was not disappointed. I thought it was remarkably faithful to the book(especially considering the butchering most movies make out of the books they're based on), although my memory of the details may be a little fuzzy considering I read the book a while ago. For instance, I didn't remember that it was 7's , not 5's that Novalee was superstitious about. But that is just a little detail that doesn't affect the plot at all anyway. Anyhoo, the movie is very enjoyable, a loyal representation of a very sweet, moving novel. And I have to say, the guy who played Forney was exactly how I pictured him.
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This is without a doubt one of the best books I have read in a long time. It tells the story of Novalee Nation, a pregnant 17 year old who is abandoned at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma by her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack. From there the reader is taken on a journey as Novalee makes a better life for herself and her daughter Americus. Along the way she meets and befriends unforgettable and realistic characters like Sister Husband, Lexie Coop,and Forney Hull who teach her unforgettable lessons in life. The most imporatant one is that when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. What I liked about this book is Novalee's character. She is a strong young woman who is determined to not let bad situations in life get the best of her. It is a pleasure to see Novalee go from a poor,naive,unemployed, highschool drop out to a wise, book-educated young woman with a growing carrer as a photographer. You cheer for her as she grows and changes--especially in the end when she tells off her loser boyfriend Willy Jack. And in an interesting contrast, while Novalee's rise as a better person is told, so Willy is Jack's fall as he attempts to become a country singer/star. Although not all the situations in "Where the heart is" are realistic, the book is wonderful. So is the movie, even though it leaves out a lot of the details from the book. I highly recommend both to teenagers and young women everywhere.
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