Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart

Book - 1993
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things and My Sister's Keeper , a novel exploring the story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family.

Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her at five years old. 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 force her to doubt whether she could ever be capable of bringing joy and meaning into the life of her child, gifts her own mother never gave.

Harvesting the Heart is written with astonishing clarity and evocative detail, convincing in its depiction of emotional pain, love, and vulnerability, and recalls the writing of Alice Hoffman and Kristin Hannah. Out of Paige's struggle to find wholeness, Jodi Picoult crafts an absorbing novel peopled by richly drawn characters, and explores motherhood with a power and depth only she is capable of.

"A brilliant, moving examination of motherhood, brimming with detail and emotion." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Jodi Picoult explores the fragile ground of ambivalent motherhood in her lush second novel. This story belongs to... the lucky reader." -- The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1993
ISBN: 9780140230277
9780670850990
0670850993
0140230270
Characteristics: 453 p. ; 24 cm

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NanCcan
Jul 02, 2016

Motherhood - the highest and, I'd guess, the most difficult of callings - causes all of us who have attempted it to realize the overwhelming, and almost impossible demands it will make on us. Wouldn't we all like to run away at certain times? We all dread failing in any aspect of the job, whether large or small.
Read Harvesting the Heart to understand that community of women who have undertaken this Herculean task. You will see that, while we may not get it right the first time, many of us may have opportunities to be there to support other women in their efforts to be good mothers.
I enjoyed this one just as much as Jodi Picoult's other well-researched, well-thought-out books.

lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

This is definitely one of Picoult's weakest. It was far too long for the topic and I felt as if I was really slogging through it. I do have to say though that Jodi Picoult has a way of making you empathize and despise her characters simultaneously...except for Nicholas, I REALLY couldn't stand him.

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mcdoff
Jun 18, 2014

Arlene rec'd

kelleypoole Oct 29, 2011

This is a slow read and no where near as good as House Rules (amazing!) and Plain Truth. I'm going to keep reading her other novels but I wouldn't recommend this. I believe it must be one of her earlier works.

This one is only rated three and a half becuase i never got to finish it. i based the rating on what i had read.

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Nubia
Dec 20, 2010

Excellent book!!! I also liked a lot " Keeping Faith" and "House Rules". It wasn't so interesting as "Keeping Faith", however, I liked the way the author concentrated a lot in the character Paige and Nicholas.

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Berth
Nov 18, 2009

A little "slow" read but overall not too bad.

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ryner
Jun 24, 2009

Immediately upon graduating from high school, Paige leaves her father a note and hops on a bus to New York. Working as a waitress in a small cafe, she meets Nicholas, a medical student who feels oddly drawn to her fresh innocence. Almost before he realizes it, Nicholas has asked Paige to marry him, to the utter disappointment of his wealthy parents. Paige continues working to support Nicholas through school, but when she has her first child, she begins to have doubts and is revisited by feelings and memories of her own childhood, in which her mother abandoned her at a young age.

I work in a library and, for several years, seeing the Jodi Picoult books fly off the shelves like hotcakes has made me wonder what all the fuss was about. I still don't understand. I wasn't feeling sympathetic toward any of the characters. Perhaps this wasn't her best work, but I'm not sure how interested I am in trying another.

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Sep 04, 2016

When you don't keep looking back, it's that much easier not to trip and fall.

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