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Novalee is unlucky Shes seven months pregnant homeless and headed to California for an unknown reason Her dreams of houses family and love seem far away Willy Jack wants money He craves boozes sex and freedom He finds himself jobless with a pregnant girlfriend and a beat up Plymouth destined for California In the Billie Letts novel Where the heart is the American dream involves family friends and material goods Both Novalee and Willy Jack are in search of their dreams the success of which relies on the decision they make along the wayFamily is an important part of Novalees dream Novalees childhood was filled with sadness Her mother deserted her when she was young and thereafter she bounced between foster homes until she met Willy Jack In Willy Jack Novalee believes she finds love To her disappointment she does not However she finds happiness the baby that they made Her baby becomes center of strength and her good fortune She ran her fingers across her navel and thought of the baby attached to the other side of it imagining it could feel her touch so that it might even reach out to her Page 53 Americus brings Novalee the love and family she wantsWilly Jack sees family as an obstacle to pass in achieving his dream He has a narrow view of his life He desperately wants money and believes nothing else matters but it Willy does not realize that he needs the love of others to help him through life Willy passes up the option of family early on his quest for his dream He deserts his pregnant girlfriend in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart Leaving her with only 777 and the clothes she is wearing She could see herself running calling his name- the parking space was empty the Plymouth gone He was going to California and had left her behind Page 16 Willys desire for money compels him to ditch
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