I found this book to be heart warming and sweet. I saw the movie before I read it and thought the book better, of course. I've only read one other of Letts' books, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon. I enjoyed that one and it's off beat characters as well.
Novalee Nation and her boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, are on their way to Bakersfield, California when he abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own. She is seventeen, pregnant and finds herself living at the Wal-Mart for two months. While there she meets several people who will befriend her and help her change her life.