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Picoult Jodi : Harvesting the Heart [Hardcover]

Jodi Picoult
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25 Nov 1993
Picoult earned rave notices last year for her debut novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale. Now she turns her considerable literary talents to the story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family. Written with astonishing clarity and evocative visual detail.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (25 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670850993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670850990
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,257,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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Jodi Picoult explores the fragile ground of ambivalent motherhood in this lush second novel (New York Times)

Picoult is at her best when she is writing about motherhood (New York Daily News)

Picoult tackles this moral dilemma with honest conviction and beautifully written prose (Good Housekeeping)

Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding (Marie Claire) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult explores the demands of having a family on a new mother in this gripping bestseller, reissued with an exciting new cover treatment. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 out of 10 31 Oct 2007
As in other books by Jodi Picoult, there is a central theme involving human emotions of both hope and despair. In this case postnatal depression and the loneliness and anguish that result, drive Paige, a young mother, to leave her 3 month old baby and run.
This is wonderfully woven into the story of how she met her husband on the rebound from an intense childhood romance and the need to track down her mother who abandoned her at the age of 5.
Nicholas is training to be a surgeon, eventually reaching the pinnacle in his field, and is totally thrown by suddenly having to care for his young son alone.
The relationship struggle between himself and Paige is beautifully drawn, a heart-wrenching tale of misunderstandings. Nicholas used to total respect and awe from his colleagues, Paige somewhat childish but fresh and vibrant in her behaviour, with mesmerising artistic talent.
Excellently drawn, I really enjoyed this book. 9 out of 10 because the ending was a touch contrived, I'd have preferred it to finish on page 388 before she revealed her secret. Enough said.
Highly recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really tried to like this - but couldn't 15 Feb 2011
I am a big Jodi Picoult fan but really didn't ike Harvesting the Heart. I found it very difficult to have sympathy with any of the characters who I thought were all selfish and self obsessed and I found the ease at which Paige got a job in the local hospital bordering on unbelieveable.

I feel very bad giving such a poor review of a book from an author that I usually admire but in this instance feel it justified.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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Jodi Picoult captures in this one book so many different emotions that young mothers are never warned about. The exhaustion, the futility, the loss of identity, the self-doubt, and most of all the desperation. Paige's drive to the grocery store leaving behind a trail of her husband's laundry is seered in my memory. How many times during my early years of motherhood would I have loved to have driven off and never looked back. Inlaws that don't approve of you, mothers who never showed you how to love, fathers whose expectations you couldn't meet, and husbands who live for their careers and are no longer attracted to your post-partum, frazzled self. Why wouldn't you run away! This book did, thankfully, show there is light at the end of the tunnel. All of the characters seemed to find that sometimes it is when we "run away" that we realize how much we need the things we are running from. I cried through the last 100 pages of this book. What a wonderful story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ... 6 Aug 2011
I usually enjoy Jodi Picoult books, especially for holiday reading, but this was not to my taste. For the second time I've bought what I assumed was her latest or recent novel only to realise it was first published years ago(1993 in this case).
It is clear that she has developed as a writer in the 18 years since this was written. I feel cheated, and cross that as I grabbed it quickly at an airport shop I did not check the publication date. I can't believe I was fooled twice by the same trick.
I found the book slow, boring and irritating. If I had had any other books with me I would have thrown this one in to the med!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks to young mothers everywhere! 26 May 1999
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As a young mother married to a man in his fourth year of medical school I could have sworn this book was based party on my life. This book describes perfectly the emotions and thoughts that young mothers experience with their newborns. Ms. Picoult also perfectly captures how it feels to be married to a doctor at the start of their career. I read this book in one delicious gulp.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have got to read this book. 4 Nov 1998
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After reading this book I had to pass it around to everyone in my family and even had to buy extra copies due to the fact that no one wanted to give it back. Jodi Picoult has a way of writing that reaches into you and makes you think and feel everything her characters are going through. You are torn with emotions from the first page. Please read it and you'll understand. Her other books are equally accomplished. ENJOY!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, something different! 27 Feb 1999
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I loved the format of the book - knowing Paige's thoughts, then Nicholas's. Different and wonderful. I fell in love with the characters and was glad to see them progress and sad to see them go.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Views... 27 Jun 2007
I'm fifteen years old, and love Jodi Picoult's books to pieces. Having recieved a bundle of them for my birthday, I found myself hooked.

There is always a moment at the end of Picoult's books when you look up only to realise that the characters are not in fact living in your own bedroom.

If I could give more than 5 stars if possible to these books.

When in doubt - buy one, or borrow one from your local library... These books are magic.

[The Pact is by far the most superior, in my opinion.]

Happy Reading!!!! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 13 days ago by bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great story
Published 1 month ago by Rolf Henrik Esquila Solheim
3.0 out of 5 stars Should Motherhood Come First?
I bought this book in a charity shop mistakenly thinking that it was about a woman torn between her desire to become an artist and her family commitments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvesting the heart
A really good read and not at all predictable. I could not put this book down. I love this author as she is knowledgeable.
Published 2 months ago by Eva Bartle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual
I love Jodi picquet books and find it really hard to get anything else done once I've started one of her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melanie Court
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster
I do quite enjoy Jodi Picoult's books but have started to find them a bit formulaic. this one is a bit different. Read more
Published 6 months ago by catsholiday
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
I love Jodi Picoults books usually but I just couldn't get on board with the main character and her motives, the ending was pretty poor as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bookworm Burn
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant novel
I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult's work and this book did not disappoint! It is so touching and I could not put it down.
Published 11 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Full of emotional twists and turns. Thought provoking and well paced story with believable characters. Another Jodi Picoult triumph. Enjoy!
Published 12 months ago by Cstaunton
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