The Center of Everything

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Hyperion Books, Jul 14, 2004 - Fiction - 352 pages
26 Reviews
Now in paperback, Laura Moriarty's breakthrough novel of growing up and growing wise.

Critics and readers everywhere stood up and took notice when Laura Moriarty's captivating debut novel hit the stores in June '03. Janet Maslin of the New York Times praised The Center of Everything as "warm" and "beguiling." USA Today compared the scrappy yet tenderhearted Evelyn Bucknow to Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. It garnered extensive national attention; from Entertainment Weekly to the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle, the press raved about the wisdom and poignancy of Moriarty's writing. The Book-of-the-Month Club snatched it up as a Main Selection, as did the Literary Guild. It was a USA Today Summer Reading Pick, a BookSense Top 10 Pick, and a BN.com book club feature title. And still, months after The Center of Everything's original publication date, reviews and features of the book continue to run nationwide.

With a reading group guide bound into the book and a stellar hardcover publication behind it, the paperback edition of The Center of Everything is poised to explode onto the scene again, and Evelyn Bucknow is ready to steal more hearts than ever.

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User Review  - SonjaYoerg - LibraryThing

One of the best coming-of-age books I've ever read. The characters were drawn so richly, and with such compassion and insight, I was sorry to reach the end. For me, a winner. Read full review

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User Review  - salgalruns - LibraryThing

This book was queued up and ready to read for about a week before I could really get into it - not really sure why. I've read other stories by Moriarty and seemed to like those, although those didn't ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Laura Moriarty received her master's degree from the University of Kansas and was awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. She is the author of The Center of Everything. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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