Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart

by Jodi Picoult

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Overview

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things and My Sister's Keeper, a novel exploring the story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140230277
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 151,042
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.96(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY

Education:

A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University

What People are Saying About This

Mary Morris

"In this breathless, startling novel, Jodi Picoult reveals the fragile threads that hold people together, or let them break apart. Her narrative, especially her sense of family, is reminiscent of a young Anne Tyler. Hers is a remarkable new voice, and it tells us a story that goes straight to the heart."

From the Publisher

"Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships."
-The Boston Globe

"Picoult has become a master-almost a clairvoyant-at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page-turners about them . . . It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong."
-The Washington Post

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Harvesting the Heart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 196 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I begin, I have to say that I'm very biased when it comes to Ms. Picoult. I first saw her at a book signing for Nineteen Minutes and instantly liked her. Since that book signing, I've read nine of her books, with the intention of reading her entire collection. Having said that, I have to say the first part of Harvesting the Heart was extremely difficult for me to get into. I never thought of putting it down or reading another book. At times I had to force myself to read and looking back, I'm glad that I did.

I don't want to say too much about the storyline and when things began to pick up for me, (may be a spoiler for some) but after a certain event happened, I couldn't stop reading. After I finished reading the book, I thought about my feelings regarding the first chapters. When Paige and Nicholas first meet, they are from different worlds. He has had everything handed to him and she has given up a dream that she feels she doesn't deserve. Despite their differences, they fall in love and decide to marry. During the early years of their marriage, I consider Nicholas to be extremely selfish and Paige to be very passive. Even for them, it was hard for both of them to be with the other. So, I'm wondering, as the reader, was it hard for me to be with them as well.

As I mentioned earlier, Paige comes to a crossroad in the marriage where she has to choose to move ahead or finally deal with the past she left behind. She makes a decision, that will set in motion events that will determine the fate of her marriage. Harvesting the Heart, for me, was typical Jodi Picoult. I finished the book with many questions and could not stop thinking about the characters. Actually, what was missing was a trial scene. Having read most of her recent books first, it was nice to go back and read one of her earlier works. Ms. Picoult has grown as a writer, however even then she knew how to tell a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the only Jodi Picoult book that I did not finish. I usually love her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many Jodi Picoult books but this one was so hard for me to get into. Probably took me about 2 weeks or more to read it when usually I can finish one of her books in a night. Not until the last few chapters was I not able to put it down. Overall not terrible just not my speed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot when on and on and on. Too predictable and uninteresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though most of the books I have read by this author do not have happy endings, I have enjoyed the stories and the writing. This was not one of her better books in my opinion. I found it hard to like any of the characters and the depictions of Paige's drawings were not realistic to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'...Watching as blood vessels were clamped off and sewn, or were cauterized, filling the operating suite with the smell of burning human tissue. He waited until the vein was settled in solution for its later use. Then, stepping up to the patient, Nicholas took a deep breath. ' This quote is from the novel, Harvesting the Heart, by Jodi Picoult. This rollercoaster plot dives into the life of a young woman, Paige, and man, Nicholas. Nicholas is struggling the hard road of being the top cardiologist at the local hospital in Boston, and Paige is left wondering after her abortion, where her mother disappeared to. These two meet in the middle of all this and emotionally fall in love. I thought the point of view of this story helped define the image I got with Nicholas's and Paige's thoughts flowing continuously every couple of chapters. Though Paige's thoughts were dramatic and exaggerated, I enjoyed much more of Nicholas's side of the story. His side was thrilling and intense, and the reader will never know what he would do next. Jodi Picoult's novels are always detailed and good reads, but compared to other her other novel's, Harvesting the Heart, is around average. Harvesting the Heart is still a good book about commitment and a young marriage. I suggest anyone in their free time looking for a realistic fiction plot, pick up this novel and enjoy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Jodi creates characters that immediately draw you into their lives. Some if the thoughts and feelings that Paige had as she was growing up were some that I experienced. Nicholas was so like many of the doctors I have known in my nursing career that I could relate to him as well. The sentence in the book that kind of wraps up the book for me was- marriage isn’t as much about loving each other as it is learning to live with each other each day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great+book+kept+me+wanting+to+read+it+to+find+out+what+happens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me captivated from the 1st page until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a normal story for her. I thought it was slow to develop and was disappointing ...
bbellthom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book on my MP3 player. In the beginning I thought this book was very slow moving. As I was farther into the book I really began to connect and like the characters. The two main characters of this book are Paige and Nicholas. Paige whose mother left her at the age of 5 questions her ability to be a good mother and care for her newborn son. I think all new mothers question there ability to raise a child, especially during the newborn months when lack of sleep makes you question all decisions that you make.
sharlene_w on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wasn't up to the caliber of some of Jodi Picoult's other books. A heartwarming story nevertheless. I wish the ending had not been as abrupt.
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before I begin, I have to say that I'm very biased when it comes to Ms. Picoult. I first saw her at a book signing for Nineteen Minutes and instantly liked her. Since that book signing, I've read nine of her books, with the intention of reading her entire collection. Having said that, I have to say the first part of Harvesting the Heart was extremely difficult for me to get into. I never thought of putting it down or reading another book. At times I had to force myself to read and looking back, I'm glad that I did.I don't want to say too much about the storyline and when things began to pick up for me, (may be a spoiler for some) but after a certain event happened, I couldn't stop reading. After I finished reading the book, I thought about my feelings regarding the first chapters. When Paige and Nicholas first meet, they are from different worlds. He has had everything handed to him and she has given up a dream that she feels she doesn't deserve. Despite their differences, they fall in love and decide to marry. During the early years of their marriage, I consider Nicholas to be extremely selfish and Paige to be very passive. Even for them, it was hard for both of them to be with the other. So, I'm wondering, as the reader, was it hard for me to be with them as well.As I mentioned earlier, Paige comes to a crossroad in the marriage where she has to choose to move ahead or finally deal with the past she left behind. She makes a decision, that will set in motion events that will determine the fate of her marriage. Harvesting the Heart, for me, was typical Jodi Picoult. I finished the book with many questions and could not stop thinking about the characters. Actually, what was missing was a trial scene. Having read most of her recent books first, it was nice to go back and read one of her earlier works. Ms. Picoult has grown as a writer, however even then she knew how to tell a story.
jessicaslilcorner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was just an ok read...I liked the way the book was simple to read but wasnt a huge fan of the ending. The book was just okay for me, but I think the author does GREAT work!
brsquilt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Do people really misunderstand each other that much? I found it overly dramatic and people who don't reason things out. Frustrating to someone who comes from a good functioning family.
XxKateexBooxX on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really hard for me to get into. I love Jodi Picoult's books. I am currently trying to read everyone of them. So, this book was next on my list and for me it actually didn't become a page-turner until (i'm not going to give anything away) She returns. But I (obviously) pushed myself through it. It was not her best book, but it was still rather good, I kept waiting for that unplanned, unaware, off-guard, shocking ending, and I was disappointed when it ended with the obvious. I still love the book, and the character Paige. Unlike her husband Nicholas, who I thought to be selfish and greedy in a way.
Leeny182 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a woman named Paige. She was raised by her father after her mother disappeared when she was five and never returned. Paige leaves home after high school graduation and meets her future husband Nicholas while working as a waitress. Nicholas sweeps her off her feet and she is surprised that a man from such a wealthy family, whos going to med school, would be interested in someone like her. This book follows her life of never feeling good enough. Her and Nicholas have a child. She doesnt feel like she is competent enough to be a mother so she runs away scared. In the end though everything works out like it always does. I loved this book.I liked Jodi Picoults earlier novels. This is the 2nd book she wrote and it is much different than her more recent stuff. The story line is similar to her first book Songs of the Humpback Whale. It differs in that it doesnt change narrators quite as much as her newer books which sometimes confuses me. Also its not so technical and doesnt involve any type of legal battle like her new work does. I honestly would like it if her next book goes back to some of the similarities of her earlier stuff. I really liked this one as it was refreshing and a change from the same routine of her newer books.
AmberAnoka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing Harvesting the Heart. The book was written by Jodi Picoult. I chose to read this book because it was a Jodi Picoult book and I like all of her books. I thought the characters were realistic and the storyline was creative, detailed, and easy to follow. When Eighteen year-old Paige O'Toole left her house and travelled to Massachussetts, it was seemed like something that would happen in real life. When Nicholas and Paige decided to get married after only a few weeks of dating, it seemed a little far fetched, however the arguements that followed with Nicholas' family, did seem like something that could happen any day. Paige's decision to leave in search of her mother has probably been made by other adults before. From the beginning to the end, I was enthralled with this book. Jodi Picoult did an excellent job of drawing the reader into the book. I felt the heartbreak and confusion that both Nicholas and Paige went through, as well as the anger that Nicholas later felt toward Paige. I recommend this book to any reader.
shifrack00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad, but not as strong as some of her other books.
MsGemini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Jodi Picoult. I loved it! I was not able to put it down. I have been a huge fan of this author ever since.
framberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was Jodi Picoult's second novel, and it's missing the shocking twist at the end that marks most of her other novels (at least the ones I have read). Because of this it actually feels more real, more possible than her other novels. I appreciated the unresolved ending, the redemption she offers all of her characters but never insists on. Often when I finish a Picoult novel I feel exhausted. I enjoy the ride, but I feel manipulated and annoyed with myself for giving in to the soap opera. With "Harvesting the Heart" I merely felt as if I had finished a decent escapist novel, not as if I had been put through the wringer. I think that for my next Picoult novel - because as much as it can irritate me, I keep coming back for more - I'll try to find her first.