Reviews and Interviews
Reviews of THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
Review by Samantha at Chick Lit Plus
The story begins as a mom and daughter struggle to deal with the death of a beloved husband and stepdad and simply throws you into a harrowing tale of the lengths that one woman and many many others went through to make sure one little girl did not become another casualty of the civil war in Guatemala. But that of course tells nothing of the depth of this story and the far to real depictions of the journey that Kate went on when she came home changed forever as well as with a two year old orphan that she would protect with her life. The author does such an amazing job with this story, it was easy as the reader to loose myself in the story and by the end I felt very invested, not many stories move me like this, so this is one I will treasure simply for that alone. I also truly loved how well the author depicted the local tribes, and uniqueness of the Mayan culture, it was easy to picture the small villages and the children running around in their simple, yet intricately designed clothing, that colors and desist alone identified them to thier village and ancestors. On top of that, this is also a story of family, and love and the mother/daughter dimanics, and the lessons learned only once one becomes a parent and finds themself loving someone more then themself.
Pure Wow names THE CENTER OF THE WORLD this winter's most moving book!
"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." Follow the link and read the rest of the review!
RT Book Review and Excerpt
THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is an RT Top Pick! Click the link for the full review.
Library Journal Review
Best-selling author Sheehan (Lost & Found; Picture This; Now & Then) pens a breathtaking tale in her newest work. Kate -Malloy has kept a terrible, heartbreaking secret from her child, Sofia, and Kate’s father, Sam, for years. Sofia, a dynamic, soccer-loving teen, believes she was legally adopted from Mexico by her mother. However, soon after her stepfather dies, Sofia discovers a new story about her childhood. A shocking letter from a lawyer reveals a past filled with war tales, heroic deeds, and a heritage that Sofia unknowingly was forced to leave behind. Kate, in turn, must face chapters of her past that she has fought for years to keep closed. Slowly, mother and daughter work their way back to each other through an epic journey that will change them forever. ¬VERDICT ¬Sheehan’s enthralling novel, through tales of grief and happiness, offers readers a strong sense of catharsis. The author smoothly captures the intricacies of cultural exchange with grace and intersection. Readers who enjoy family dramas, romance, and have a sense of wanderlust will easily fall for this captivating read.—Marian Mays, Butte-Silver Bow P.L., MT
Francesca Rheannon Interviews Jacqueline on Writer's Voice
Listen to a great interview with Jacqueline. Susan Abulhawa's interview is first.
An interview on Shelf Pleasure about Jacqueline's new book THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
"It has taken me 10 years to write The Center of the World, the novel that blended the lives of a North American woman caught up in the war in Guatemala, and a Mayan girl, and stretched all the way back to Massachusetts. I wrote and published several other novels in between then and now, but this story never left me, not since the moment a new life opened up when I stepped onto a boat along the clear waters of Lake Atitlan." Follow the link for the full interview!
Jacqueline's NPR Commentary
This is the first in a series of my commentaries for New England NPR. Fall is ripe with memories and mine link back to a death and a remarkable teacher.
Listen to Jacqueline on Writers Voice with Francesca Rheannon as she describes her first book, The Comet’s Tale, a novel about Sojourner Truth.
Reviews of Picture This
Boston Globe, July 22, 2012 – Pick of the Week: Picture This
Ellen Meeropol of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley recommends “Picture This” by Jacqueline Sheehan (Morrow): “In a sequel to ‘Lost & Found,’ also set on Maine’s Peaks Island, Rocky Pelligrino is contacted by Natalie, who is just out of foster care and claims she’s the unacknowledged daughter of Rocky’s late husband. This page-turner is a profound exploration of damage done in childhood, the nature of evil, and the difficulty of knowing what is true.”
Word On the Street Section
Daily Candy chose Picture This as one of its books of summer.
Say Hello Spot Review
"By page four, I was immersed in mystery, suspense, and romance. I finally turned the bedside lamp off at midnight!"
A review by Maura Lynch
" Her story line is riveting, and I very much hope that there is a third Rocky Pelligrino novel in the works. Even if you did not take a vacation this summer, when you read PICTURE THIS you will have traveled well." - Maura Lynch
Goodreads Review by Rebecca Holland
"Picture This, … is an ‘everyman’s’ story – one that the everyday person can relate to, enjoy and will want to share with their friends." Five Stars
"Sheehan uses her skills as both a psychologist and a writer to create a solid, insightful story that will leave fans eagerly awaiting another visit from the strong heroine, her dog and her friends."
Reviews of Lost and Found
Reviews of Now and Then