Thursday, January 22, 2009

Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart
By Jodi Picoult

About the Book: Harvesting the Heart explores the story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family. 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 ambitious young doctor, she finds herself with a child of her own. But her mother's absence, and shameful memories of her past, make her doubt both her maternal ability and her sense of self-worth.

Out of Paige's struggle to find wholeness by searching for her mother and, eventually, returning to be a mother, Jodi Picoult crafts an absorbing novel peopled by richly drawn characters. Any mother—or child—cannot help but to relate to the issues and emotions explored within this book.
-Taken from Jodi Picoult's site.

From Me: I enjoyed the entire book, right up until the few final chapters. The ending sucked (IMHO). Jodi Picoult did such an awesome job developing the characters and the storyline - she captures your attention and holds it - and then, you just hit a brick wall. I was really bummed. Is it still worth reading? Yes. Just be warned that the ending is not gonna be as great as the beginning was.