Title Profile & Character Information

Where the Heart Is

Annotation
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.

Awards
1996  Oklahoma Book Award

Characters
NameNation, Novalee
GenderFemale
TraitsPregnant
Single
Unemployed
Homeless

NamePickens, Willy Jack
GenderMale

NameHusband, Sister Thelma
GenderFemale
TraitEccentric

NameGoodluck, Benny
GenderMale
TraitNative American

NameWhitecotton, Moses
GenderMale
OccupationPhotographer
TraitAfrican American

GenreSouthern fiction
Coming of age
Fiction
TopicsUnwed mothers
Homeless
Small town life
Friendship
SettingSequoyah, Oklahoma
Wal-Mart
Department store