'Jodi Picoult explores the fragile ground of ambivalent motherhood in her lush second novel.' - The New York Times Book Review 'Reminiscent of Sue Miller's The Good Mother, Harvesting the Heart has a voice all its own.' - Chicago Tribune Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who left when she was five. Now, having left her father ...
'Jodi Picoult explores the fragile ground of ambivalent motherhood in her lush second novel.' - The New York Times Book Review 'Reminiscent of Sue Miller's The Good Mother, Harvesting the Heart has a voice all its own.' - Chicago Tribune 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, makes her doubt both her maternal ability and her sense of self-worth. Out of Paige's struggle to find wholeness by searching for her mother and facing her own insecurities, Jodi Picoult crafts an absorbing novel peopled with richly drawn characters. Any mother or child cannot help but relate to the issues and emotions explored within this powerful and moving book. Jodi Picoult's bestselling and widely acclaimed novels include Second Glance, Perfect Match, Salem Falls, Plain Truth, Keeping Faith, The Pact and Songs of the Humpback Whale. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Read more about Jodi Pico
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haven't read it yet, but if its like the rest of her books, i know i'll enjoy it. thanks.
Sep 7, 2009
THIS NOVEL WAS SAD AND TOUCHING. IT IS ABOUT A YOUNG WOMEN WHO GETS MARRIED AND DOESNT FIND HERSELF REALLY UNTIL AFTER SHE HAS A CHILD OF HER OWN, WHEN SHE FINALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN HAVE SOME TISSUES HANDY.
Jun 28, 2008
honest to the core
This is an excellent depiction into the lives of young married mothers. This book can't be put down. The ending left me hanging, but over all it tells a tale of finding yourself after marraige and child birth.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-09-13 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. ( Nov. )
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