Harvesting The Heart – Jodi Picoult

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469 pages

Published: 1993

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Chick Lit

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 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 (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Harvesting The Heart. I have finished it months ago. it was the second book of Jodi Picoult’s i have. Like the tenth Circle, this book tells about family matters and troubled mother. There are two main characters in the book, Paige and Nicholas but mostly it was about Paige.

You will find it has a flashback plot and the story started when Paige’s mother left her and her father when Paige was a kid. The mother left because she wanted to be free. She left and it gave an continuous effects to Paige. And the father is always be the one who I pitied the most. It feels like that her father hurt so much because of Paige’s and her mother’s behaviour and acts.

Just like her mother, she left her father and then met Nicholas. They married at the following chapter and have Max. She was still very young that time and she wasn’t ready to be a mother, so she left them. She left because she thought she wasn’t a good mother, a good wife. She left to find her mother and wanted hear the reason why she left her.

when Paige finally met her mother and asked her, the asnwer she got was “Don’t ask me why I left, Paige, until you can tell yourself why you left”. From this part  i realized that sometimes we would find the reason of the things people had done to us just by asking ourselves the same thing about the same thing we accidentally did it to others..

I read two stories by Jodi’s about the influence of mother to her daughter and she added science, too. If in The Tenth Circle was about forensic and DNA analysis, this book is about medical,

I don’t know why but I always felt like I was in the story when I read her book. I love about the Intimacy between Nicholas and Paige. Even though it wasn’t like hot intimacy but it was…. WOW. I felt the emotion and hte… sensation. I found some quotes in the book, too. Well, they weren’t quotes literally, but it hit me.

You either save the chocolate because you like it best, or you save the vanilla.If you are really lucky, you can swap with someone so you gat a whole cup of flavor you like best”

“Never say never.  it comes back to haunt you”

“When people move to different branches in the country. I get them started all over again”

“You don’t plan life, you just do it”


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