Letts, Billie "Where the Heart is" - 1995
One of our first book club reads. A seventeen year old girl ends up pregnant with no support at all and has her baby in a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma. She gets taken in by some well-meaning people and starts a real life with her baby.
A nice easy book you might want to read if you want something light. If I remember it well, everyone quite liked it. Not necessarily a huge message but it provoked a good discussion.
We discussed this in our book club in October 2001.
From the back cover: "Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town - a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her - and you, too - on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is."