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  • ASIN: B00005X68L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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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 By A Customer on 8 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Sep 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By redsixteen@hotmail.com on 18 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noo Noo on 8 July 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book!

Somehow I started this book and finished it without realising I was turning the pages and devouring
the chapters and before I knew it, it was the ending - which I was sad about as I wanted more!!!!

A little more gritty than I thought it would be.
A lovely idea for a story.

I loved it so much that I bought the DVD and all of Billie Letts other books (which I will have to say is not enough - please write more Billie!)
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Format: Paperback
I saw the movie of this book before I read it - which I almost never do because I like to have the freedom of my imagination to picture the characters and places in my mind the way I want to, before it is handed to me on a plate by a director. In this case it didn't matter. I fell in love with the main character, Novalee, in this story. Her amazing strength and ability to forgive was a real lesson in life for me. It is a great read for women everywhere - all the female characters have had very hard times but all have moved on and made the most of what they have with the help of their female friends. A real story of sisterhood in its truest form. I completely recommend this to any woman (and man) and I guarantee you will take something from it. I think it has made me a better person and I can't say that of too many books.
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