Named one of the writers to watch in Book magazine's special "Newcomers" issue, Laura Moriarty is quickly becoming known as a literary superstar as her debut novel The Center of Everything draws acclaim.
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Date of Birth:
December 24, 1979
Place of Birth:
B.S.W., University of Kansas, 1993; M.A. in English, University of Kansas, 2000
George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing, Phillips Exeter Academy, 2000-2001
|The Rest of Her Life|
In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Leigh is the mother of popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy -- the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry. The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do?"
|No Place Like Home|
|Moriarty spent her childhood moving from Montana to Florida to Hawaii to Virginia to Missouri to Utah to Montana. But she believes there's no place like Kansas -- the state where she attended University and set her debut novel. "There's a harsh beauty there," Moriarty told Book magazine. "It gets such a bad rap, but I think it's so beautiful." |
|An Author's Inspiration||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark|
In our exclusive interview with Moriarty, she revealed that reading Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World inspired her as she wrote her debut novel. "there's such a generosity of spirit in his writing," she reflects. I tried to put a bit of Sagan in Evelyn, the narrator of The Center of Everything."
|Me Talk Pretty One Day|
Moriarty told us that one of her all-time favorite books is David Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day. "His stories are so funny that they could get by just on being funny, but often, once I stop laughing and think about them, I realize there's more going on," she observes. Read our interview to learn more about her favorite works, including: