Dusty Book: Women’s Fiction for Readers of All Ages

Shelf RenewalLaura Moriarty’s The Center of Everything (2008) is a sensitive and moving portrait of a precocious girl and her single mom living just shy of real poverty in 1980s Kansas. Evelyn is a gifted 10-year-old but risks failing school because her home life is chaotic. Her mother, Tina, just can’t catch a lucky break. The characters and scenes felt very true and I hated to see it end.

Center of EverythingjpgThe July 2003 Booklist review called this “a truly exceptional coming-of-age story, perfect for readers of all ages.” Readers who like women’s fiction, “domestic” fiction, and realistic family stories will love this novel.

 

 

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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