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Harvesting the Heart (Thorndike Famous Authors)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  38,330 Ratings  ·  2,504 Reviews

Written with astonishing clarity and evocative detail, convincing in its depiction of emotional pain, love, and vulnerability, Harvesting the Heart recalls the writing of Alice Hoffman and Sue Miller. 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 ambit

Hardcover, Large Print, 701 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jul 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one--not even Picoult fans
This book lacked what I like about Jodi Picoult books--twisting plot lines, multiple, relatable characters

I 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
Carey Henderson
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 you ...more
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jodipicoult
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 ...more
Debbie Lancaster
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Marieanne Fabiano
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 ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 destructive,
Petra Eggs
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
Anita Smith
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Harvesting the Heart – Jodi Picoult

I 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 they
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...nay, DISGUSTED with the sloppy research in Jodi's 1995 Harvesting the Heart, the love story of a poor girl from ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Picoults worst. The characters were so dull and predictable--the pretentious, unemotional and rich doctor, the confused, artsy, vulnerable little girl...all her characters in her other novels are so unique..strong..someone 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. ...more
K's Corner
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura McWilliams
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 ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mothers
Shelves: 2008, own, fiction
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
Heather Hocking
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 ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Jodi picoult but this was hard to get through...I thought characters seemed endearing at first but eventually I stopped liking them altogether and didn't care what happened to them...was really hard to get through the last 1/3 but I had already invested the time so I had to finish based on principle
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kelsey Hagenah
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kalin Glesner
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige Prescott, a newly high school graduate, decides to run away from home the day that she graduates. After she leaves her father a note, she quickly boards a bus and finds her way in Massachusetts. Once there, she stumbles into a diner and tries to get a job. When the owner turns her down, she leaves a fascinating drawing that elicits some of his past in her artwork. When he sees this he allows her the job. At the diner, a man who is in school to be a surgeon comes in and begins to eat. Nich ...more
Kristi Krumnow
The work reads like the author is new at the usage of metaphors since there are quite a lot of HEART references to the point of eye-rolling and grumbling at the metaphor's preposterous re-appearance. Its usage is relevant to the story-line since he IS the chief cardiac doctor at the Boston/Cambridge hospital and his wife, Paige, is the doting LOVING wife, that is, until she purposefully skips town. Their relationship is based on oppositions: She doesn't fit in with his MD crowd of colorless home ...more
This is moderately low by Picoult standard (and by this I mean My Sister's Keeper). I like it and I personally don't think it is a waste of my money or time. Still it is not something I will recommend to any avid readers. There are many better books out there so if you have not bought this, it is not a loss if you just ignore it.

The best part is when Paige gives birth to Max and how she tries her best to look after her son while her husband, Nicholas is busy saving lives at the hospital. "It is
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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.

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“I knew that somewhere God was laughing. He had taken the other half of my heart, the one person who knew me better than I knew myself, and He had done what nothing else could do. By bringing us together, He had set into motion the one thing that could tear us apart.” 236 likes
“Suddenly I realize that this is what I've been waiting for - a man who depends entirely on me... I dreamed for years of a man who couldn't live without me, a man who pictured my face when he closed his eyes, who loved me when I was a mess in the morning and when dinner was late and even when I overloaded the washing machine and burned out the motor. [My son] stares up at me as if I can do no wrong. I have always wanted someone who treats me the way he does; I just didn't know that I'd have to give birth to him.” 168 likes
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