The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty

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

"The Center of Everything is as realistic and familiar as a summer day in Kansas--brave and gritty, strong voiced and spare."--O, The Oprah Magazine

Set in Kerrville, Kansas, The Center of Everything is told by Evelyn Bucknow, an endearing character with a wholly refreshing way of looking at the world. Living with her single mother in a small apartment, Evelyn Bucknow is a young girl wincing her way through adolescence. With a voice that is as charming as it is recognizable, Evelyn immerses the reader in the dramas of an entire community. The people of Kerrville, stuck at once in the middle of nowhere but also at the center of everything, are the source from which Moriarty draws on universal dilemmas of love and belief to render a story that grows in emotional intensity until it lifts the reader to heights achieved only by the finest of fiction.
 

About Laura Moriarty

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Laura Moriarty is the author of The Center of Everything, The Rest of Her Life, and While I’m Falling. She lives in Kansas.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Recorded Books. 9 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And even when her first love and neighbor, handsome kleptomaniac Travis Rowley, falls ungratefully for Evelyn’s beautiful new friend Deena, Evelyn resists the entrapments of failure that the welfare state seems to expect of her.

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The story is brilliantly crafted and you never lose the connection with Evelyn and her coming-of-age story.

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Evelyn Bucknow lives in Kerrville, a sun-bleached bump in the Kansas highway, a kind of low-grade purgatory where ordinary people are stuck through their own innocence and where a very few -- through wisdom and no small amount of luck -- escape.

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But when Travis falls hard for Evelyn's beautiful best friend, Deena, Evelyn must repress her desires even as she watches Travis and Deena head toward a very different fate from the one that awaits her.

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