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The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison
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Jan 18, 2022 | ISBN 9781640094680

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“It’s so character driven and you really feel as though it’s not a made up story, that these are real people, and that you are getting a glimpse into their lives.” —Nancy Pearl

“This gorgeous novel is well worth your time.” —People

“A meticulously crafted, graceful novel.” —O, the Oprah Magazine 

“[A] wonderful cast of interesting characters . . . And it is really the way Polly thinks—about her children and her childhood, her memories and imaginings, her immediate circumstances and her place in the world, even the toothsome dishes she prepares (with occasional lapses lately)—that makes this book so engaging . . . Carrying us along, Polly conjures a richly textured, often lovely life of everyday loss and longing and endless speculation, where ‘everything goes missing but everything lives on, at least for a while, in the small kingdom of your head.’ Indeed, Harrison’s novel takes the unreliable narrator to a whole new place: in short, to the center of everything.” —Ellen Akins, The Washington Post

“Searching for a first book club book of 2021? Look no further . . . Weaving together the past and the present, The Center of Everything examines the memories and touchstones that make up a life, and what we we all endure along the way.” —Sarah Stiefvater, PureWow

“Gorgeous . . . Harrison’s writing is as lush as the landscapes themselves . . . Harrison’s writing shimmers like light-sparkled water, and it’s full of lush sensory details.” —Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“One of those works that ages well, that offers up new surprises with each subsequent reading. There’s an almost unimaginable sweetness as well as a sense of longing suffusing this new novel . . . A rarity.” —Steve Whitton, The Anniston Star

“Wise and warmhearted . . . In The Center of Everything, Jamie Harrison has created a world so total, so real, so personal, that the reader, on finishing it, is missing it already.” —Sarah Shoemaker, Washington Independent Review of Books

“Despite various mysteries and suspicious deaths in this story about a Montana woman uncovering secrets past and present, Harrison wisely concentrates less on plot twists than on exploring the trickiness of memory where love and family are concerned . . . Through small moments, particularly shared meals and drinks, the reader becomes intimately involved in Polly’s inner life and falls in love with a vividly portrayed Montana devoid of Western clichés. A sharply intelligent, warmhearted embrace of human imperfection–the kind of book that invites a second reading.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Brilliant . . . Harrison plumbs complex family relationships and sheds insight on the power of memories and how they shape her characters. Harrison shines with passages of vivid imagery as Polly gains an added dimension of perception from looking at art and photographs. Readers will find themselves wishing this won’t end.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lyrical, profound . . . Recommended for book clubs and fans of complex, literary fiction.” —Booklist

“In this exquisitely nuanced, beautifully constructed novel, Harrison draws the reader into young Polly’s filtered understanding of her world, rich with happily married couples, vs. the uncertain reality of the adult Polly, coping with memory loss while slowly untangling shocking family secrets. A magnificent gem.” —Library Journal

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