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Where the Heart is [Mass Market Paperback]

Billie Letts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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20 Dec 1996
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 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 more 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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reissue edition (20 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446603651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446603652
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Billie Letts is the author of numerous highly acclaimed short stories, screenplays and three beloved novels. A former University professor, she lives in Tulsa with her husband, Dennis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NOVALEE NATION, seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight-and superstitious about sevens-shifted uncomfortably in the seat of the old Ply-mouth and ran her hands down the curve of her belly. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a rewarding story with an unlikely premise. There are enough strange characters to make it Anytown, USA, but they are distinctly Oklahoman in nature. Letts' writing is deft and compact, and her descriptions leave nothing out. I was enchanted by Novalee and her struggle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Letts' go for extremes 10 Sep 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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All Novalee Nation wants is to live in a house without wheels underneath it, so when Willy Jack Pickens announces he's off to California to live the good life - by way of compensation for a severed finger - Novalee decides to go with him. But she's seven months pregnant and seven is her unlucky number. Willy Jack dumps her out at a Wall Mart store on the way to almost-fame as a country and western singer and the loss of a great deal more than a finger, but it is Novalee who earns real fame.

This is seriously funny, and it packs a punch. Unfortunately it is also gratuitously sentimental. It is well-worth reading for the laughter - and even some of the tears. Good people abound, but so do bad. Letts goes for the extremes in both cases and hits the mark more often than she misses. This was an Oprah Whinfrey Book Club choice; make of that what you will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellant and inspiring read! 18 Jan 2001
I read this book after hearing about the film, and i found it to be a great and inspiring read. The main character Novelee offers strength and courage as she over comes the problems in her life. With the help of caring friends is able to achieve goal she thought never possible. I would recommned this book to everyone>
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chicken soup story 2 May 1999
By A Customer
If you are a sucker for romantic,heart-warming stories, this is a must read. It is about how the life of a 17 year old girl, Novalee's life took a change after being dumped, literally, by her boyfriend. The part which keep you wanting to read on is how she managed to live.(Did I mention she was pregnant?) It's more of a "chicken-soup" story, with just tiny bits of realism. The characters are well-developed and hence enable you to feel whole-heartedly for them. However, the ending seems to be written hastily and is sloppy, which kind of then wanes the sense of satisfaction which would have otherwise been inherant.But since the earlier parts have redeemed that, it is overall a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming and inspirational 23 Oct 2001
By A Customer
The naive heroine of this book is dumped by her heartless boyfriend outside a Wal-Mart when she's 7 months pregnant. Relying on the kindness of strangers she discovers much about herself and the nature of love. This book was sweet and entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone who fancies something thats not too weighty but that will entertain and comfort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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At the age of 48, I've been where Novalee Nation, the book's lead character, is. As the mother of two teenaged daughters, I'm watching my life replay itself, with a 90's flair. Mothers and daughters need to read ``Where the Heart is..'' and travel across the dusty roads of the mid-west, live life in the bathroom of a Walmart and feel good as Novalee takes her shattered life and fills it with the things that count. I've bought two copies so far, one for each of my daughters who decided life on the street was better than life here at home. I'm sending a third to their 18 year old friend who is doing 15 to life for her involvement in the murder of a 17 year old boy. I'm thinking the book will take her beyond her gray walls and allow her to travel with Novalee, finding out about the good people in life. This book's a keeper. Fern
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellence! 24 May 2000
By A Customer
Powerful, warm, wonderful......just do yourself a favour and read it! After I had finished this book - which didn't take long, I missed it so much, it kind of wove itself into my life! You will miss out if you don't read this........
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5.0 out of 5 stars familly is people who cares about you 25 April 2000
By A Customer
Fisrt of all I want to thank God for giving Billet Lettes the opportunity and insperation to write this wonderful book. That book has change my life. it gave me strenght through my worst time in life. I started a new life the fisrt time I read that book. I recomand Where the Heart Is to all my friend and it amazingly change their life, too. Once again thank you Billie Letts
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