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The Center of the World

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"An epic story of war and peace, love and fear, family and friendship."--Lori Nelson Spielman

In New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan's evocative and emotionally compelling novel, a mother and her adopted daughter each embark on a journey of self-discovery in the wake of a stunning revelation.

How do you keep a secret so huge that it could devastate everyone you care about? For Kate Malloy, the answer is simple: one lie at a time. That's how she has protected her daughter for more than a dozen years, shielding her from a terrible truth. Sofia, a fifteen-year-old soccer star living in New England, believes she was born in Mexico and legally adopted by Kate. But a posthumous letter from her stepfather tells Sofia a different story--one of civil unrest and bloodshed, death-defying heroism and child-smuggling, harrowing sacrifice and desperate decisions.

Sofia's trust in her mother is shattered. At last Kate must do what she knows is right--accompany Sofia back to Guatemala, the place where Kate found horror and heartache but also the greatest joy of her life. As mother and daughter confront the damage done by years of dangerous yet necessary deceptions, they discover how much love, hope, and happiness may still remain--if they have the courage to face their past.

"A searing tale of love and desperate acts set against a backdrop of surreal beauty and unspeakable cruelty. Enthralling, exhilarating."--Suzanne Chazin

"Page-turning storytelling . . . a deeply satisfying read. I loved this book."--Randy Susan Meyers

"Sheehan's writing is lively and vivid and her feel for historical detail is fine."-- The New York Times

"Sheehan uses her skills as both a psychologist and a writer to create a solid, insightful story." -- Kirkus Reviews “An epic story of war and peace, love and fear, family and friendship.”—Lori Nelson Spielman

In New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan’s evocative and emotionally compelling novel, a mother and her adopted daughter each embark on a journey of self-discovery in the wake of a stunning revelation.
 
How do you keep a secret so huge that it could devastate everyone you care about? For Kate Malloy, the answer is simple: one lie at a time. That’s how she has protected her daughter for more than a dozen years, shielding her from a terrible truth. Sofia, a fifteen-year-old soccer star living in New England, believes she was born in Mexico and legally adopted by Kate. But a posthumous letter from her stepfather tells Sofia a different story—one of civil unrest and bloodshed, death-defying heroism and child-smuggling, harrowing sacrifice and desperate decisions.
 
Sofia’s trust in her mother is shattered. At last Kate must do what she knows is right—accompany Sofia back to Guatemala, the place where Kate found horror and heartache but also the greatest joy of her life. As mother and daughter confront the damage done by years of dangerous yet necessary deceptions, they discover how much love, hope, and happiness may still remain—if they have the courage to face their past.
 
“A searing tale of love and desperate acts set against a backdrop of surreal beauty and unspeakable cruelty. Enthralling, exhilarating.”—Suzanne Chazin
 
“Page-turning storytelling . . . a deeply satisfying read. I loved this book.”—Randy Susan Meyers
 
“Sheehan’s writing is lively and vivid and her feel for historical detail is fine.”— The New York Times
 
Sheehan uses her skills as both a psychologist and a writer to create a solid, insightful story.” — Kirkus Reviews

Specifications

Publisher
Kensington
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
336
Author
Jacqueline Sheehan
ISBN-13
9781617738968
Publication Date
December, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.50 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
1617738964

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Once again Jacqueline ...

Once again Jacqueline Sheehan has pulled me into a story and not let go. This time, it centered on Guatemala, a land whose music and folk art long ago grabbed my heart, while the history has broken it. I'm not even sure where to begin in a review, except to say that I stayed home yesterday just to keep reading this book. It's a story about family, about belonging, about hearing the language of your heart and soul. It's about knowing your roots, and following your instincts. It's got good, and evil, mistakes, and mitzvahs. If you need to know more, read the publisher's blurb, then read the book. Did I like it? You betcha. Do I recommend it? What do you think? Tags: 2016-read, a-favorite-author, an-author-i-read, didn-t-want-to-put-it-down, made-me-look-something-up, read, taught-me-something, thank-you-charleston-county-library, thought-provoking, will-look-for-more-by-this-author

The concept for Center...

The concept for Center of the World is interesting. Kate, a budding scientist researching water quality in third world countries, finds herself in Guatemala during a civil war. After witnessing a horrible massacre Kate discovers there was only one other survivor, a Mayan toddler by the name of Sofia. Fearing for their lives as witnesses, Kate steals the child out of the country and raises her as her own. Twelve years go by and it looks as though Kate has gotten away with this illegal adoption, thanks to all the lies she has told over the years. However, her husband decides everyone, including Kate, needs to learn the truth. Add a government cover-up, a lost love interest, and a doting grandfather to round out the plot.

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