Discuss Moriartys use of foreshadowing throughout The Center of Everything. Moriarty transplanted to Kansas as an adult after a lifetime of living in various places in the United States illuminates the Kansas character and the Kansas landscape in a way few people have done before. Right in the center she proclaims in Moriartys wonderfully down-to-earth debut. A warm beguiling book full of hard-won wisdom--Janet Maslin The New York Times The Center of Everything is as realistic and familiar as a summer day in. Laura Moriarty received her masters degree from the University of Kansas and was awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. How Evelyn a gifted but poor student negotiates the pitfalls of her background to become a college student. From Entertainment Weekly. The title of Laura Moriartys impressive debut novel THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING refers to the storys Kansas setting. The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty is one of those rare books that readers devour then are sorry when the last word appears. A remarkable debut that has been called a hybrid of Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird and Myla Goldbergs Bee Season The Center of Everything is the fictional story of 10-year-old math prodigy Evelyn Bucknow. Ten-year-old Evelyn Bucknow lives with her not very responsible young mother Tina on the outskirts of a small Kansas town. How Evelyn a gifted but poor student negotiates the pitfalls of her background to become a college student. Growing up with a single mother who is chronically out of work and dating a married man 10-year old Evelyn Bucknow learns early how to fend for herself. She is the author of The Center of Everything. If you look at a map of the world the United States is usually right in the middle and Kansas is in the middle of that. She lives in Lawrence Kansas. Hyperion 2295 304p ISBN 978-1. Unless otherwise stated this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Hyperion. Is pretty irresistible almost from the first paragraph. The Center of Everything follows a clean arc.