Harvesting the Heart - Jodi Picoult

Harvesting the Heart

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 1993-11-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 635 Ratings


From the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things and Mad Honey, 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


  • Feeds your soul & cuts like a knife

    By its crime
    I could not put this book down as I rushed from one truth to another. Characters so vividly real yet drawn at a depth so deep that you feel the author knows your own faults and misgivings. The journey through truth and reason made me cheer and then hate Nicholas, always understanding why Paige had to leave her child to find the reason for her soul. This book made my year.
  • Love her writing!

    By Promise316
    Great novel, makes you feel like you know the characters, keeps you on your toes.
  • This is yet another adictively reader by Jodi

    By Spl99
    I love this book, like some movies it takes time to get to the best part, but Jodi Picoult never fails! I enjoy her style of writing. I suggest anyone in any relationship could take away something from this book. Great read:))))
  • A bit disappointing

    By Sheila1403
    Not one of Picoult's more interesting novels. While she tends to be an engaging writer, I found this book totally forgetable.
  • Harvesting the Heart

    By Lisa Barton
    Loved it! I have read this book 8 times, when I was up with insomnia, etc. I love the person to person chapters and I could really identify with the details of both Paige and Nicholas. Even though the ending left some questions for maybe a sequel , but I felt that was how real life was played out. Sometimes things don't gestate to a final completion-especially in relationships. I love Jodi's books and this one was just brilliant. Check out Sue Miller's "The Good Mother". Another incredible author.
  • So much like real life

    By Victoria in OK
    Excellent book! You cannot predict the twists and turns the writer takes you through. So many books I have read are so easy to foretell the ending. But not this one. That's why I love all of Jodi Picoult's books.
  • Silly

    By Rocky cville
    Maybe I've read too many of her books, but this was far and away my least favorite. Read My Sister's Keeper and then move on to a different author.