Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart From the New York Times Bestselling author of Leaving Time 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 dr

  • Title: Harvesting the Heart
  • Author: Jodi Picoult
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From the 1 New York Times Bestselling author of Leaving Time 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 herFrom the 1 New York Times Bestselling author of Leaving Time 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

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    • Jodi Picoult

      Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty three novels, including the 1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister s Keeper She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.Her new novel, SMALL GREAT THINGS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio on October 11th.Website jodipicoult Facebook facebook jodipicoult Twitter twitter jodipicoult

    886 thoughts on “Harvesting the Heart

    • This book lacked what I like about Jodi Picoult books--twisting plot lines, multiple, relatable charactersI thought the plot was highly predictable. I didn't care for the main character--a young woman whose mother left her at five, had an abortion at 18, had a kid and didn't think she would be a good mother b/c she didn't have one and aborted her first baby.I didn't relate to the marital problems. I couldn't understand why the two characters ever got married in the first place-they were from ver [...]

    • Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, so when I found this novel for .75 at a library book sale AND I had never read it, it was all I could do to hold back the squeals & not make a complete fool out of myself. Jodi Picoult writes about hot, current topics in a fictional way (suicide, stem cell research, kidnappings, murders, school shootings etc), topics that are unfortunately all to common. She puts “stories” behind these issues & makes you think about these topics, how would [...]

    • "He wandered off, leaving me wondering why white people named girl babies things like Hope and Faith and Patience - names they could never live up to - and black mothers called their daughters Mercy, Deliverance, Salvation - crosses they'd always have to bear.""That someone like [him] could want me was still overwhelming. He held me the way a child holds a snowflake, lightly, as if he knew in the back of his mind I might disappear in the blink of an eye. He wore his self-assurance like a soft ov [...]

    • Generally speaking, I love the author. While it was decent, this book didn't live up to my high expectations of her. The entire novel was centered around only 2 characters. I'm a huge fan of character development, but it seemed like she was trying to convince herself as well as the reader of the character's motivations by repetition.Spoiler alert - Basically it boils down to rich boy meets eccentric girl with a past. Boy unknowingly trys to change the very things he fell in love with. Girl becom [...]

    • 3.5*First and foremost, I am not a mother and I believe being a parent is probably one of the most difficult but rewarding roles in life. That being said it just has never been for me. This is a story that demonstrates how difficult the role can be to some parents not just mothers, whereas it comes naturally to others. I did not warm up to Paige in this book and honestly I found Nicholas a bit more sympathetic but not by too much. I believe both main characters had aspects that readers will find [...]

    • I read this book this spring and it was a hard book for me to read. It is about a girl whose mother walks out on her and her father when she is a little girl. The girl then spends the rest of her life trying to make sense of that. Her hopes as a young girl were that her mother would come back for her. Subsequently, she kept a packed suitcase under her bed most her childhood. By the time she is graduating high school, she knows that she too must leave her father and her life behind to try and fin [...]

    • I longed to be a mother. I wanted children, lots of them. I have four of the most beautiful people you could ever meet. Motherhood is hard! Taking care of a newborn is difficult. There were times I wished the children would just go away but I never thought of leaving. Some people never have children because they can't find it in their hearts to share and give of themselves. Some walk away from their children. Some women abort. We form opinions and judge. Are they selfish? A bad person? A bad mot [...]

    • This book was alright. Both main characters were annoying as all hell, just complaining about how their spouse wouldn't be more caring to them and pay attention. They pretty much ignored each other the first half of the book, and then BAM! Paige leaves and then their marriage falls apart. But in the end they still love each other. Um, happy ending? Yes. Would happen in real life? Hells no. See, LaPierre, happy books aren't real.

    • As much as I like jodi Picoult books, this definitely wasn't one of my favorites. It probably was my least favorite of all of her books. I did love her descriptions of people, places, and events but some of it was way overdone. She seemed to ramble on and on about previous events in the characters' lives or some odd description of a place they once visited or experienced. The story is about a young woman who runs away from her home in Chicago and finds herself in Cambridge. She waits tables and [...]

    • This book was most definitely not awesome! I disliked each of the characters, who each had no redeeming qualities and yet, I could not put it down. It's one of those books that you hate reading, but that you must see through to the end. In short, this is a story about a woman (Paige) who was abandoned by her mother at the age of 5. When Paige turns 18, she has an abortion and runs away from home. Her new home becomes Boston and in just a few short days of living there, Paige meets Nicholas, an u [...]

    • This book was really bad. It had the feel of one of those insipid made-for-tv movies. I’ve read several of Picoult’s other novels. They often have some kind of topical theme. Not exactly the most thought provoking works, they usually present the theme in a somewhat entertaining fashion. This novel (with its theme of ambiguous motherhood) was a complete disappointment.Perhaps the worst aspect is character development (or lack thereof). The young mother is not sympathetic. She’s self destruc [...]

    • I hadn't wanted to read another Jodi Picoult. After starting on the high note of My Sister's Keeper and working my way through a totally formulaic series always with a twist at the end, I didn't hold out much hope for this book but it was the only one I had for a long night in a hotel in a foreign land.It was quite different in that it was distinctly overwritten, and in parts quite beautifully-written too. Usually I think of Picoult as a storyteller whose characters are somewhat sketchy ciphers [...]

    • Sweet Jesus, this was the worst Picoult book I've ever read. Boring plot full of holes I could drive a truck through, and self-absorbed, completely unlikable characters, with the exception of Paige's father, who deserved better than the hand he was dealt. Hell, he deserved better than being in this book. I'm as big a Picoult fan as anyone, but I was sorely disappointed in this one. Looks like the library is getting an extra donation this weekend. Hopefully the next person likes it better than I [...]

    • Temos apenas dois pontos de vista, que é algo que não é muito comum na autora. Paige, já está na fase adulta mas ainda sofre com o abandono da mãe enquanto era uma criança. Aos dezoito, ela própria deixa o pai e aventura-se sozinha na vida de adulta. Contudo os seus planos mudam quando conhece Nicholas, um estudante muito promissor de medicina. Os dois casam-se muito precocemente e com uma gravidez inesperada, Paige encontra-se mais perdida que nunca, sentindo-se uma inútil com o seu pe [...]

    • Harvesting the Heart – Jodi PicoultI do quite enjoy Jodi Picoult's books but have started to find them a bit formulaic. this one is a bit different. I thought when I read this that it must be a newer book but it is apparently one of her older works. I have to say I prefer this to others she wrote later then.She still takes a controversial subject and this time it is post natal depression/ struggling with motherhood. This is combined with attitudes of those who have been brought up to think the [...]

    • First off, before starting the book, I noticed it was on a list of books not to read while pregnant and thought, interesting fact. I started reading the book and a few weeks later found out I was pregnant (surprise!). At one point, the book hit a bit too close to home which made me crabby and my husband banned me from continuing. Thankfully, I didn't share the main character's past, just caught myself sympathizing with the fear of being a new mother. After about a month off, I picked it up again [...]

    • So once in a blue moon, I read a Jodi Picoult opus. Because it's there. Because I am feeling brain dead. Whatever. And usually they are cliched but OKAY. Jodi can string her sentences together, and she writes about moms and kids and relationships and stuff we can all relate to, especially when we are feeling slightly brain dead. So I need to announce that I am seriously disappointed y, DISGUSTED with the sloppy research in Jodi's 1995 Harvesting the Heart, the love story of a poor girl from Chic [...]

    • Jodi Picoults worst. The characters were so dull and predictable--the pretentious, unemotional and rich doctor, the confused, artsy, vulnerable little girll her characters in her other novels are so unique.rong.meone you don't see every day and you want to meet. I've seen and read about the characters she wrote about this time. They lacked imagination. In addition, the plot was predictable. I pushed through the whole book expecting the crazy plot twists she is so famous for. Nothing. It went as [...]

    • This is my first non-five-star JP book. Started out great, then dragged on and on and didn't come back to life for me until the last two chapters.The story is about a young girl, Paige who at a young age decides to leave home without a word to anyone and starts to drive east. She meets someone, falls in love, gets married and has a baby. Then the struggles--she struggles with her marriage, motherhood and pretty much life in general. She is haunted by her past and the secrets she has left behind. [...]

    • For me, taking a break from reading is a happy place on its own. You know you’ll come back to it. You know you’ll love it just as much. You know you will love it always. There will be books until the end of time. It’s not the kind of happiness that makes you bounce with joy – it’s more of a quiet truth that makes you smile.

    • I read this book when my son was small (so almost a decade ago). I remember being the same age as the main character, who was early 20's. I could relate a lot to her having trouble being pretty young and trying to figure out the whole motherhood thing.

    • OK, I didn't totally hate this Jodi Picoult. I didn't, however, understand how she lost the plot so efficiently in the last quarter of the book. Nicholas and Paige have a contented marriage- until Paige finds out she's pregnant. She's filled with mixed emotions, feeling a need to flee, or miscarry the child. She ties this in with the fact that her mother abandoned her and her father when she was 18. This also ties back into an abortion Paige had when with her first ex. The conflicting feelings a [...]

    • If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, do not read this book. Put. This. Book. Down. And. Back. Away. It's terrible. Or if not actually terrible, it certainly doesn't do justice to the other books she has written, which deal with complex and current subjects like organ transplants or transsexuality. It was copywritten in 1993, so it must be one of her earliest books, before she had figured out how to write a good book.Is it about abandonment? Art? Horses? Open heart surgery? Who knows? This book wand [...]

    • Eh. Started out promising, but the same old schmaltz about a man and a woman from opposite sides of the tracks and there's nothing special about her except that she's a girl-woman and she happens to be an amazing artist and she ends up ~changing him, except she has a troubled past due to her mother walking out and then her abortion and blah blah blah, oh and then she marries this guy after like two weeks and has a kid with him and then runs out on them both for a while and finds her mom. It's li [...]

    • This is a book I won't forget for a long time. I have to say, I've recently had a fascination with mothers and pregnancy. I mean, what is it like having a baby? It seems like a miracle to me."Harvesting the Heart" (Easily the most cheesy title I can imagine) was frank and colorful. Paige is one of the strangest characters I have ever read about. One minute, she's as wise as a ninety year old woman. The next, she's child-like and naive. At some points, I wondered if the author was suggesting that [...]

    • This book irritated the heck out of me. A mother runs away from her child because she doesn't think she'll be a good mother. What the heck? Well, to start with don't run away from your kid. The main character annoyed me with how much she felt sorry for herself. Why would you miss your child's most important first year? She knew how it felt because her own mother did it to her, so she just does it to her own kid? Lame. And the husband was a self righteous prick too. Don't waste your time with thi [...]

    • I love Jodi picoult but this was hard to get throughI thought characters seemed endearing at first but eventually I stopped liking them altogether and didn't care what happened to themwas really hard to get through the last 1/3 but I had already invested the time so I had to finish based on principle

    • I usually love reading Jodi Picoult's books. Harvesting the Heart was her second book. The characters were ok but I did not like either one. Rich boy, poor girl, doctor vs young uneducated girl. Summer read at best.

    • I have read a few books by this author, now, and I have to say that this one is my least favourite so far. I didn't feel terribly sympathetic to any of the main characters and the story just didn't seem to go anywhere for me.

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