Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart

eBook - 1995
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The author of Picture Perfect "explores the fragile ground of ambivalent motherhood" (New York Times Book Review). Paige's mother left when she was five. When Paige becomes a mother herself, she is overwhelmed by the demands. Unable to forget her past, Paige struggles with the difficulties of marriage and motherhood.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1995, c1993
Characteristics: 453 p. ; 20 cm


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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.

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.

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.

Nov 18, 2009

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

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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