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By Billie Letts

Discuss unfortunate sevens. An hour in the past, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee kingdom used to be heading for California along with her boyfriend. Now she unearths herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with simply $7.77 in swap. yet Novalee is set to find hidden treasures during this small Southwest town--a team of down-to-earth, deeply worrying humans prepared to aid a homeless, jobless woman dwelling secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee greater than she loves herself, they're approximately to take her--and you, too--on a relocating, humorous, and unforgettable trip to . . . the place the guts Is.

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Wide-spread sufficient that after she heard the teach, observed it rushing towards her and the newborn, she shook herself approximately unsleeping, then floated away to a spot too black for desires. Novalee woke up to the odor of bacon, and appeared up into amber eyes set in a face as large and flat as a dinner plate. “Good morning,” the lady stated. whilst she smiled, her eyes disappeared at the back of a tender mound of flesh that swelled from her cheeks to the bridge of her nostril and her chin melted right into a gentle layer of dermis stretching to the bottom of her throat. yet she had the main ideal mouth Novalee had ever noticeable. Her lips, complete and luscious like ripe, wild plums, have been unpainted, but they seemed wet and satiny and, for simply an quick, Novalee had the urge to arrive up and brush the ideas of her palms around the girl’s mouth. “I desire you’re no longer hungry,” the lady whispered, “because this is often Tuesday. ” Novalee regarded round for Forney, yet he was once long gone. “The top breakfast days are Friday and Sunday, yet Tuesday is the worst,” she stated as she fussed over the breakfast tray, rearranging bins and establishing cartons. She felt the espresso cup to envision for warmth; touched the milk carton to ensure it was once chilly. She sniffed the bowl of oatmeal, stirred a pitcher of orange juice, and poked at a fruit salad, then peeled the covers from bins of strawberry preserves and grape jam. Novalee had by no means noticeable an individual pay such consciousness to meals prior to. whilst the woman reached to the a long way facet of the tray for a serviette, her breasts swung backward and forward over Novalee’s face like enormous, quivering water balloons. They surged from the neck of her tunic and billowed below her fingers, her uniform straining opposed to the unimaginable expanse of her chest. “I’m Lexie Coop,” she acknowledged as she got rid of the hotter disguise from a plate of scrambled eggs and limp toast. The eggs have been the colour of mustard, the feel of hominy grits. “If you want to devour these eggs, you'll want to supply them a shot of this. ” She pulled a small bottle of scorching sauce from her pocket and held it out to Novalee. “No, I don’t imagine so. ” “How approximately this toast? ” Novalee shook her head. “I proposal I smelled bacon. ” “That’s my fragrance. Musk of bacon. ” Then she laughed, fun that started deep in her chest, then rolled throughout her tongue and out her ideal mouth. “Just kidding,” Lexie acknowledged, her chest heaving as she regained her breath. “I fried bacon for my teenagers this morning. bet I wore the odor to paintings. You convinced you don’t wish this,” she requested, motioning to the foodstuff. while Novalee made a face, Lexie sprinkled the eggs with sizzling sauce, then took a dainty chunk. “Hot sauce,” she stated. “See, i've got this conception. sizzling sauce burns away the energy. you could consume whatever you will have so long as you devour it with sizzling sauce. ” “Does it paintings? ” Novalee requested. “I’ve misplaced six kilos in eighteen days, yet I’ve obtained some distance to head. I received loads of weight with my final child. ” “How many young ones you will have? ” Novalee requested. “Four. ” “Four? You don’t glance sufficiently old. ” “Well, i began whilst i used to be fifteen after which I simply couldn’t cease.

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