- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Grand Central Publishing; Auflage: Reissue (1. Juni 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0446672211
- ISBN-13: 978-0733620188
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 14 - 18 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,5 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 856 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 322.664 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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Novalee Nation, 17 Jahre, schwanger im 7. Monat, ist schwer überzeugt, dass ihr die Zahl 7 Unglück bringt. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2010 von Sineous
Ich liebe dieses Buch. Der Film ist nicht halb so gut!! Es ist eins von diesen wunderbaren Werken, was man anfängt und nicht mehr weglegen kann bis man es ausgelesen hat.Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 2001 von Andrea Schichan
This book was one of the best books out of Oparh's (Huge fan) book club.I fell in love with this book.One second I am crying(yes I am a man) and the next I am laughing off my head. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von Shermel Carthan
This is a great summer reading book. The story is great and very easy to follow. You feel like you are there going through all of Novelle's problems and joys with her. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 28. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
Wow, this book was great. I really enjoyed reading it. I couldn't put it down till I was finished. I thought it was very touching and it really had an impact on me.Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2000 von Jessica
This book was absolutely ridiculous. The characters are contrived stereotypes and may I ask why all of them have equally ridiculous names (Americus sounds like the name of a naval... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2000 von S. Saha
I found "Where the Heart Is" to be a touching novel with a powerful message. Young, pregnant, friendless and abandoned, Novalee Nation seems to have little to hope for. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2000 von Sara
This is a very good story however far-fetched the plot seems to be. The author captures much of what seems real about Southwestern small-town culture. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2000 von Todd Thompson
I did not have to take a moment to decide if this book deserved 5 stars, I had made up my mind immediately after finishing the last page of the book. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 22. Juli 2000 von Jessica