A powerful examination of memory, loss, motherhood, and the stories that we tell ourselves -- individually and as a community -- to make sense of the world. Harrison's multigenerational drama is full of food and family, centering on Polly as she tries to make sense of memories from three decades before while also grieving the loss of a dear friend and celebrating her great-aunt's 90th birthday amid a swirl of extended family and friends.
January 2021 Indie Next List
“This is a story about family, about history, and about love. The characters are like you and me; their stories are intertwined just as ours are, with a past and a hoped-for future. Author Jamie Harrison wields a mighty pen with precision and care, peopling her book with a myriad of interesting characters living believable lives. Her narrative is insightful and moving, and she has that rare gift of making a fictional story sound like the real thing.”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
In this compelling family drama set against the dangerous beauty of the Yellowstone, Polly is still trying to get her life back on track after a recent accident, not always trusting reality.
For Polly, the town of Livingston, Montana, is a land charmed by natural beauty and a close network of family extending back generations. But a recent head injury has scattered her perception of the present, surfacing events from thirty years ago and half a country away. As Polly's relatives arrive for a family reunion during the Fourth of July holiday, a beloved friend goes missing on the Yellowstone River, dredging up difficult memories for a family well acquainted with tragedy.
A generational saga from the award-winning author of The Widow Nash, The Center of Everything offers a stunning and heartfelt examination of the deep bonds of family and how the ones we love--and the secrets we keep--echo throughout our lives.