Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts is another recent read of mine compliments of Oprah’s book club, and also happens to fulfill my “W” on my A-Z Book Challenge.
“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.”
Basically, it was a good book, not amazing or anything, another more subtle read. Did I like it? Yes. Am I going to go telling everyone I know to read it? No. Oprah didn’t make a wrong choice, just a not-so-exciting one.
I probably also am a little less overjoyed about it since I just read Vinegar Hill, which is another subtle, small town read of Oprah’s book club that I honestly loved. I’d say Vinegar Hill wins out.
If you enjoy quieter reads, particularly with a small town feel, you might enjoy this book.
Any subtle reads you want to recommend?
Thanks for reading,