Books That Made Their Way to the Movies
By Billie Letts
Natalie Portman stars as Novalee Nation, who is 17, seven months pregnant and 37 pounds overweight—and now finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just $7.77 in change in the 2000 adaptation of Billie Letts' 1996 novel. Forced to realize her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens has left her with empty pockets and empty dreams, Novalee is about to discover treasures hidden in Sequoyah. Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing co-star. Where the Heart Is was a 1998 Oprah's Book Club pick.