The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty

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In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another.

Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy--the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry.

Like the best works of Jane Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, and Alice Sebold, Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do?"

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 August 7, 2007 by Hachette Books. 332 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Their daughter Kara, just about to graduate from high school and leave for college, is a golden girl who doesn’t find it easy to relate to her mother.

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Book Reporter

Instead of taking the easy route and making Leigh warm and likable, Moriarty creates a character who is prickly at best --- the true result of a child raised in difficult circumstances.

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Entertainment Weekly

Leigh, who's been trying to forget her own childhood, must confront her tense relationship with Kara.

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USA Today

And Leigh simply can't relate to Kara's blessed status as the smart, well-off princess of her school, the friendlier version of Heather Chandler to Leigh's own less-cute and more trashy Veronica Sawyer.To try to make sense of her ambivalence toward Kara, Leigh mentally revisits her own troubled c...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Weist Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "[Moriarty] takes care to portray Leigh in a variety of mute, unflattering postures in the aftermath of Kara’s catastrophic error, whose effects the author records with stout precision.

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