The Center of the World

The Center of the World

eBook - 2016
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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
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781617738975
1617738972
9781617738968
1617738964
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
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RDanks Jan 27, 2016

This novel is a very accurate depiction of events during the Civil War in Guatemala. The author has done her homework on the situation that transpired there. So many lost their lives in this war.

The main characters are well developed. The cultures of the indigenous groups in Guatemala are intertwined in this story.

The main characters are Will and Kate, and they are true heroes. Situations like this are not too far removed from the truth. The novel moves at a fast pace which makes the reader want to continue to the next chapter.

This is a great read especially if you have knowledge of the culture, history, and people of Guatemala.

athompson10 Jan 13, 2016

Mixed review on this one. Some of the writing is overblown and flowery, and the Will-Kate relationship makes this feel more like a Harlequin romance. The concepts of alienation from one's home is interesting but explored a little superficially. The passages about language and Will's dexterity with it are lovely.

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