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No story is more gripping than one of family drama. (Hey, there’s a reason Shakespeare still packs in audiences all these centuries later.)

And that’s why you should add The Center of the World to your reading list.

New York Times best-selling author Jacqueline Sheehan tells the story of Kate Malloy, a New England mom who justifies keeping a secret so huge that it could devastate everyone she cares about, namely her 15-year-old adopted daughter, Sofia. When a posthumous letter from the girl’s stepfather reveals Sofia’s true origins, the mother-daughter bond is shattered.

Part international intrigue, part insightful family analysis (the author was trained as a clinical psychologist), The Center of the World will have you rooting for its characters until the last page.

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