Jodi Picoult's Captivating Second Novel From the New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper, Lone Wolf, and the forthcoming The Storyteller, 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. 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. "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
Picoult ( Songs of the Humpback Whales ) brings her considerable talents to this contemporary story of a young woman in search of her identity. Abandoned by her mother when she was five years old, Paige O'Toole has been left with painful doubts about her self-worth. She leaves her Chicago home for Cambridge, Mass., at 18 to fulfill herself as an artist, but must work in a diner because she can't afford art school. When she marries Harvard medical student Nicholas Prescott, his parents disown him, disapproving of their Irish Catholic daughter-in-law. Again Paige is forced to sideline her creative needs and work as a waitress in order to support Nicholas until he is able to establish his career as a cardiac surgeon. Paige is soon overwhelmed by the demands of Nicholas's socially sophisticated world, and after the birth of their son, Max, she becomes emotionally and physically exhausted. Unable to communicate her terrors about herself to Nicholas, she leaves him to search for her mother, who may hold the answers to her life. Told in flashbacks, this is a realistic story of childhood and adolescence, the demands of motherhood, the hard paths of personal growth and the generosity of spirit required by love. Picoult's imagery is startling and brilliant; her characters move credibly through this affecting drama.
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1 . DISLIKE
Posted August 06, 2011 by Pigysue , Mtn CtrA friend recommended this book to me after I told her I was tired of the depressing Judy Picoult books. She assured me this one was different, but I found it to be more of the same depressing, anxiety-ridden drama. This book was painful to read, I wanted to smack Paige around and tell her to MOVE ON!!!! I also didn't appreciate Nicholas's character - the match was not believable. Two miserable people bringing misery to each other and living false lives. No thanks. Big disappointment.
2 . Unfair to Judge
Posted June 07, 2009 by Kelly , AlaskaFor any other author I would have given this book four stars, but this one didn't live up to her normal standard. It was still a great read with good characters. She left so much unresolved in this one it almost felt like she wasn't finished. An other author could do this, but we've come to depend upon Ms. Picoult's style of resolution and this one didn't quite get there. It is still well worth reading, and her character development is strong for the main characters. It just isn't a wonderful as Nineteen Minutes or Keeping Faith, for example.
March 31, 1995
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