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Reader's Guide for Heart in the Right Place

Reader's Guide for Heart in the Right Place

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Published by Workman Publishing
Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community.

With great humor and great tenderness, Heart in the Right Place shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us.
Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community.

With great humor and great tenderness, Heart in the Right Place shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us.

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Published by: Workman Publishing on Apr 09, 2010
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Heartin theRightPlace
A Conversation with the AuthorandQuestions and Topics or Discussion
 
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What inspired you to tell your story?
I love my little community the culture and the dialect andI wanted to preserve a picture o what Smoky Mountain culturewas like beore it was overrun by new people moving to the areaand by the eect o the increasingly pervasive presence o na-tional media in our lives. I also wanted to preserve a picture o what amily medicine was like at its best — beore the businesspeople got in charge o health care and when the doctor not onlyknew his patient but also knew our generations o the patient’samily and all his cousins too.
You portray people and events so vividly. How were you able toaccomplish this?
I like to jot down things I hear people say, just a remark or asnippet o dialogue. That’s what truly interests me, the way realpeople talk. Most o the book originated on ast ood drive-thrunapkins and Post-its where I’d make notes to mysel o things Idheard. I used to be ashamed o that, that I didn’t write by sittingat a desk and having deep thoughts but was inspired by listening

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