Saturday, December 01, 2007

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

Published in 1993. 453 pages.

My enjoyment of Jodi Picoult's novels continues with Harvesting the Heart, which was her second novel and the ninth I've read. While I think it is apparent that this is one of her early novels, it still contained the elements for which I enjoy her writing: the switching of perspective between characters, and the use of symbolism.

This one explores a topic with which I have first-hand experience, that is, postpartum depression. But the storyline goes well beyond that, exploring the relationship between parent and child in many ways. Evocative and compelling, this was a great read for my Thanksgiving vacation. (Yes, I'm a little slow getting the review up.)

I read this novel for the Reading the Author challenge. As I started reading, it occurred to me that this was on one of the lists for the "Something About Me" challenge too - so I'm counting it "double."



  1. Something About Me Challenge: I finally read Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and wanted you to know how grateful I am you suggested it. I cannot imagine how I have gone this long without reading it, but now that I've done so I can see it's a book I'll reread on a regular basis. The insights about each stage of a woman's life, about her place in the world, about our shared experiences regardless of our background, are timeless. Thanks again for, well, expanding my world.

  2. gracie: you are so very welcome! i'm glad to hear that Gift from the Sea was as meaningful to you as it has been to me!

  3. I finished reading Perfect Match, my fifth Picoult. I am spellbound by her. She really has the capacity to hold interst. Her novels hit hard. I too plan to keep on reading her.

  4. I am so glad you are enjoying your author for the challenge. Since I haven't read any Picoult, which would you suggest I begin with?