Tuesday

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Novalee Nation is seventeen and seven months pregnant when the father of her child abandons her at a Walmart halfway across the nation from anyone she knows. The story of Novalie's life is so beautiful - she overcomes so many obstacles (from being abandoned by her mother as a child to living and giving birth in a Walmart, etc.) yet always looks on the brighter side. She goes through the good, bad, and ugly. I laughed and I cried. It just goes to show that friends can be just as much your family as those who are blood-related to you, sometimes they are even more so. Through Novalee the reader is introduced to a variety of lovable and eccentric characters who teach her that home truly is Where the Heart Is.

11 comments:

Dar said...

I loved this book. I'm glad you liked it. I've got a couple more by her to read one of these days.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Wasn't a movie made out of this? I vaguely recall it. The book, as usual, would probably be far, far better!

naida said...

great review :) I'm going to be reading this one too.
I loved the film version.
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Beth F said...

I've never read anything by Billie Letts, but in the fall I won a copy of the unabridged audio of Made in the U.S.A. I haven't even taken the plastic off the box. Your review made me dig out CDs, and I'm thinking I should probably read this sooner than later. Thanks for the great review.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I wish I had read the book instead of watching the movie. :(

Sunnysmileqt said...

I read this book several years ago and can still remember the strong reaction I had to the story and the characters. It is still probably one of my top ten favorite books, and one I will never forget. And while the movie is good, it is so where near as wonderful as the book

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

I tagged you for a meme!

twiga92 said...

I've never read this but loved the movie. I'd be afraid to read the book now as usually the book is so much better than the movie that I don't like the movie after reading the book :-).
Chick Lit Challenge book reviews post is now up here http://bookaddict4life.blogspot.com/2009/01/chick-lit-challenge-book-reviews.html - thanks for the idea!

Penelope said...

I loved the movie they made of this, and I have always wanted to read the book!

Margot said...

I think this is my third comment today but I can't help it. You read the best books or at least your reviews make them sound so good. This is another I'm adding to my list. Thank you.

Michelle said...

I love this book! I also loved the movie made out of it. When I was younger the book used to be a comfort read that I'd read again when I felt down.

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