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Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

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November 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

Jodi Picoult’s latest offering, Harvesting the Heart, sees new mother Paige struggling with being a parent. Doubting her ability to cope and haunted by the fact that her own mother left her when she was only five, she wonders whether her baby would be better off without her. As always, Picoult tackles this moral dilemma with honest conviction and beautifully written prose.

If you like Jodi Picoult you might also like to read books by Maggie O'farrell, Elizabeth Berg and Joanna Trollope.

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Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her when she was five. Now, having left home and her father for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, Paige finds herself with a child of her own. Emotionally and physically exhausted, overwhelmed by the demands of her family, Paige cannot forget her mother's absence or the shameful memories from her own past. Her next step would have been unthinkable before her doubts about her maternal ability crept into her mind. Is it possible Paige's baby would be better off without her?


'Jodi Picoult explores the fragile ground of ambivalent motherhood in this lush second novel'
New York Times Book Review

'A brilliant, moving examination of motherhood, brimming with detail and emotion'
Richmond Times

-Dispatch 'Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding
Marie Claire

'Picoult is at her best when she is writing about motherhood'
New York Daily News

About the Author

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult was our Guest Editor in January 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Author Photograph © Deborah Feingold

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14th October 2010


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