Harvesting the Heart

I’m reading Jodi Picoult’s novel “Harvesting the Heart.” I’ve been a fan of hers for a while and it was a last minute addition to my stack at the library. It was published in 1993 and I had no idea it was about postpartum depression. I don’t know if Ms. Picoult did either but reading it in 2009, it’s crystal clear.

Beware – spoiler coming up!

There are two main characters, an artist and her heart surgeon husband. The woman is sitting in her OB’s office at her 6 week appointment and says,

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“How long does it take?” I asked, a thousand questions at once. How long
before I know what I’m doing? How long before I feel like myself again? How
long before I can look at him with love instead of fear?

Dr. Thayer helped me over to the examination table. “It will take,” she said,
“the rest of your life.”
So wise! There are about a million passages I could quote from this book that elucidate PPD. The mom ends up leaving her 3 month old one night to do some errands and just keeps driving. The rest of the book is an exploration of her “escape.” I just posted about this in my last post! It also goes into her husband’s perspective.

If you’ve had PPD, you practically can’t put the book down. If you haven’t, you’ll understand it better in a way that’s not preachy, not text-booky, not humorous, just, well . . . Jodi Picoult at her best.


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