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The Center of Everything

By Laura Moriarty

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ISBN 10: 0786888458
304 pages

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.


“A sweet, often comic series of tender moments spun from real-life battles.” —Christian Science Monitor

?Authentic and intelligent…One of those novels that makes you sad when it?s over.? –Anna Quindlen

?Even in the best of circumstances, the process of finding out who you are, and who you want to become, is a difficult one. The Center of Everything reminds the reader of the full spectrum of youthful experience in all its beauty, anger, and pain…lively and endearing.? –Robin Vidimos, Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News

?A warm, beguiling book full of hard-won wisdom.? –Janet Maslin, New York Times

?Magic was spun…by Alice Sebold in The Lovely Bones and it is spun again by Moriarty.? –John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

?Engaging…Her voice sounds oddly familiar…like Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, only older, savvier, and less fortunate.? —USA Today

?A winning first novel.? –Allyssa Lee, Entertainment Weekly

?Intelligent and charming debut novel.? —Elle



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