i know i am going to start sounding like a broken record, but i picked this book up in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago, and have read it in a day - i'm rather loving using my time off to do some proper, uninterrupted reading..
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult..
this is one of picoult's earlier titles, and tells the tale of Paige, a gifted artist, who leaves home one night at sixteen after committing a terrible sin..
she finds herself a new life, and meets Nicholas - an ambitious student doctor, from a wealthy family background, working every hour sent in his attempt to make it as a cardiac surgeon..their marriage comes with some problems, as Nicholas'
parents disapprove of his choice so much that they cut off all his financial support, and Nicholas struggles to come to terms with their financial situation, and puts himself under pressure to afford the big house he is expected to live in as a cardiac surgeon..Paige struggles to fit in with the other surgeons' wives at functions and dinner parties, and then when she has the baby, finds herself struggling with the first few months of motherhood, so much so that she begins to consider ways to get herself out of the situation..
i like that the premise of this book is so relatable - it's a fairly common fact that 80% of new mothers suffer from some level of post-natal depression, and the cracks which seem to appear in Paige and Nicholas' marriage, as a result of the new baby, seem to fit in well with most people's experiences of a first child, no matter how prepared or well-adjusted they may think they are..although Paige's thoughts about her baby and some of her actions may seem shocking and extreme, i did read it wondering just how far removed from the 'real picture' this actually was..