The Center of Everything

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Hyperion Books, Jul 14, 2004 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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 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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Read 20 pages. Story about a cliché girl and her cliché single mom and their cliché bad neighbors, etc. I can predict at least 5 bad things that are about to happen to this girl and don't feel like finding out which of my predictions are right. Read full review

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I liked it. I really liked some of the descriptions she used, or, well, the descriptions of the main character, how she saw things. It was like you wanted to own the book and highlight them because they were really great descriptions. And I did think, well, I thought it just kind of ended-- Read full review

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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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