The Center of Everything

Author(s): Laura Moriarty
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: C2282
Released: Jul 22, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402557446
Narrator/s: Julie Dretzin
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A remarkable debut that has been called a hybrid of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Myla Goldberg's Bee Season, The Center of Everything is the fictional story of 10-year-old math prodigy Evelyn Bucknow. Living in Kansas with her single mother and deeply religious grandmother, Evelyn believes she is destined to marry Travis, the boy next door. But as she grows up, she experiences the heartbreak of a love not meant to be. Author Laura Moriarty was a recipient of the George Bennet Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy.


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The Center of Everything
Product Number: BX00030448
Product Number:C2282
Product Number:Z08341

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Author(s): Laura Moriarty
Narrator(s): Julie Dretzin
Product Number Z08341
Released: Jan 15, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490620428

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"As she leads the listener through the story of her youth, Evelyn Bucknow is a most appealing literary figure. Cautious, honest, and observant, she pulls the listener by the hand to the flat expanse of Kansas in the 1980s, where she lives in a run-down apartment complex with her lively redheaded mother. Julie Dretzin carries Evelyn from childhood to young adulthood with a wonderfully nuanced voice that grows appropriately with the character. The listener feels Evelyn's pain of first love, worry for her mother's health, and quiet ambition for a better future. Both Evelyn and her mother grow over the course of the audiobook, facing hardships and the disapproving stares of others with fortitude and a little defiance. This is Moriarty's first novel; one hopes it will be the first of many. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"