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By Billie Letts

Discuss unfortunate sevens. An hour in the past, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee state was once 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 staff of down-to-earth, deeply being concerned humans keen to assist a homeless, jobless lady 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 center Is.

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Commonly used sufficient that once she heard the educate, observed it rushing towards her and the newborn, she shook herself approximately conscious, then floated away to a spot too black for goals. Novalee aroused from sleep to the odor of bacon, and seemed up into amber eyes set in a face as wide and flat as a dinner plate. “Good morning,” the woman stated. while she smiled, her eyes disappeared in the back of a delicate mound of flesh that swelled from her cheeks to the bridge of her nostril and her chin melted right into a gentle layer of epidermis stretching to the bottom of her throat. yet she had the main ideal mouth Novalee had ever obvious. Her lips, complete and luscious like ripe, wild plums, have been unpainted, but they regarded 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 can be Tuesday. ” Novalee regarded round for Forney, yet he used to be long gone. “The most sensible breakfast days are Friday and Sunday, yet Tuesday is the worst,” she acknowledged as she fussed over the breakfast tray, rearranging packing containers and establishing cartons. She felt the espresso cup to envision for warmth; touched the milk carton to ensure it used to be chilly. She sniffed the bowl of oatmeal, stirred a pitcher of orange juice, and poked at a fruit salad, then peeled the covers from boxes of strawberry preserves and grape jam. Novalee had by no means obvious a person pay such awareness to meals prior to. while the lady reached to the some distance facet of the tray for a serviette, her breasts swung from side to side over Novalee’s face like enormous, quivering water balloons. They surged from the neck of her tunic and billowed below her hands, her uniform straining opposed to the incredible expanse of her chest. “I’m Lexie Coop,” she acknowledged as she got rid of the hotter conceal from a plate of scrambled eggs and limp toast. The eggs have been the colour of mustard, the feel of hominy grits. “If you must devour these eggs, you'll want to provide 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 notion I smelled bacon. ” “That’s my fragrance. Musk of bacon. ” Then she laughed, amusing that begun deep in her chest, then rolled throughout her tongue and out her excellent mouth. “Just kidding,” Lexie stated, her chest heaving as she regained her breath. “I fried bacon for my teenagers this morning. bet I wore the odor to paintings. You yes you don’t wish this,” she requested, motioning to the nutrients. whilst Novalee made a face, Lexie sprinkled the eggs with sizzling sauce, then took a dainty chew. “Hot sauce,” she acknowledged. “See, i've got this concept. sizzling sauce burns away the energy. you could devour something you will want 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 bought a ways to head. I received loads of weight with my final child. ” “How many youngsters you may have? ” Novalee requested. “Four. ” “Four? You don’t glance the right age. ” “Well, i began whilst i used to be fifteen after which I simply couldn’t cease.

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