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Harvesting the Heart | [Jodi Picoult]

Harvesting the Heart

Written with astonishing clarity and evocative detail, convincing in its depiction of emotional pain, love, and vulnerability, Harvesting the Heart recalls the writing of Alice Hoffman and Sue Miller. Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who left when she was five. Now, having left her father behind in Chicago for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, she finds herself with a child of her own.
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Publisher's Summary

Jodi Picoult earned rave notices for her debut novel Songs of the Humpback Whale. Now this gifted young writer 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 detail, convincing in its depiction of emotional pain, love, and vulnerability, Harvesting the Heart recalls the writing of Alice Hoffman and Sue Miller. Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who left when she was five. Now, having left her father behind in Chicago for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, she finds herself with a child of her own.

But her mother's absence, and shameful memories of her past, make her doubt both her maternal ability and her sense of self worth. Out of Paige's struggle to find wholeness, Jodi Picoult crafts an absorbing novel peopled by richly drawn characters and explores issues and emotions readers can relate to.

©1995 Jodi Picoult; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Laurie Bellingham, WA, United States 11-30-09
    Laurie Bellingham, WA, United States 11-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Average Picoult book"

    This book was very well read by the reader and a classic 'page turner' by Picoult. I looked forward to listening to it each day on my daily walk. However, after having read numerous of Picoult's books, it was not my favorite. I found the two main characters to be rather narcissistic and unlikeable. It's not a book I will remember for long - just brain candy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 08-28-10
    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 08-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to get through"

    I usually get through books very quickly but this one never had me running back to it. I had no sympathy for the main character, Paige. She was very weak and couldn't deal with any stress or difficulties. I just wanted to tell her to shut up already. Deal with it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Lake Charles, LA, United States 08-08-10
    Erin Lake Charles, LA, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Does not disappoint.."

    I love Jodi Picoult and I absolutely loved this book. It was a great change from her courtroom dramas. After listening to this book the narrator has to be my favorite of all time. Beautiful story and wonderful narrator. One of my all time favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 03-27-10
    Dianne 03-27-10 Listener Since 2010

    I am a wife, Mother 0f 3 and Grandmother of 7. I work full time and really enjoy a great book!

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    "Harvesting the Heart"

    Wonderful to listen to. Great story line and very nice voice that kept me interested through the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Miami, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-06-10
    Maria Miami, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Skip it!"

    This was my first Picoult book. I had been weary of her novels because they seemed like "ripped off the headlines" tear jerkers, but when I saw the ratings I picked it up.
    Not sure why she's so successful. This book is painfully boring, predictable and inhabited by one-dimensional and unlikeable characters. The story manages to be mundane and yet thoroughly implausible.
    Wish I could get my money back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Raleigh, NC, USA 08-09-09
    Ashley Raleigh, NC, USA 08-09-09
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    "Drivel"

    Picoult's writing in this one is sappy and cliche. The plot is predictable and way far-fetched. Didn't like it, and there are plenty of Picoult novels I do like!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Northglenn, CO, United States 10-28-11
    Marilyn Northglenn, CO, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Not one of Jodi's better books"

    I'm still not quite sure what it was all about. Spoiled rotten people who do whatever they want, run out on their responsibilities and think it's okay. Or if they stuck it out, they complained, whined and pouted. I actually surprised myself that I stayed with the whole thing. I guess I thought someone would grow up, but it never did happen. It was much ado about nothing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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