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At the Center

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“Your mother…put you at the center,” I said.

He took in a quick breath and his eyes widened. “She always whispered that in my ear,” he said. “Now I know what she meant.” He leaned back in his chair, his face a bit brighter.

When seven-year-old Anthony Little Eagle is found dead on the concrete patio beneath the balcony of a foster home, police and child welfare officials determine that it was a tragic accident. Sylvia Jensen, the foster care supervisor, comes to suspect that the boy’s death may have involved foul play and she is launched on a journey to find the truth no matter what the cost. She forms an unlikely alliance with J.B. Harrell, an investigative reporter, to search for the killer, defying her superiors and risking her career—even her own life—to ensure that justice is done. In the process both Sylvia and J.B. are forced to face their own pasts and learn to live with them.

At The Center is about the danger of secrets, the power of belonging and how much bravery it takes to finally close the distance between who we pretend to be and who we really are.

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“Your mother…put you at the center,” I said.

He took in a quick breath and his eyes widened. “She always whispered that in my ear,” he said. “Now I know what she meant.” He leaned back in his chair, his face a bit brighter.

When seven-year-old Anthony Little Eagle is found dead on the concrete patio beneath the balcony of a foster home, police and child welfare officials determine that it was a tragic accident. Sylvia Jensen, the foster care supervisor, comes to suspect that the boy’s death may have involved foul play and she is launched on a journey to find the truth no matter what the cost. She forms an unlikely alliance with J.B. Harrell, an investigative reporter, to search for the killer, defying her superiors and risking her career—even her own life—to ensure that justice is done. In the process both Sylvia and J.B. are forced to face their own pasts and learn to live with them.

At The Center is about the danger of secrets, the power of belonging and how much bravery it takes to finally close the distance between who we pretend to be and who we really are.

Dorothy Van Soest’s academic credentials include a B.A. in English Literature, a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a PhD.

Van Soest’s career as an educator has spanned the teaching of high school English, elementary and preschool, undergraduate and graduate university courses as a professor, as well as Dean positions at two universities. She is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Washington.

Van Soest has been a professional writer for over thirty years, with ten books published, plus over fifty journal articles, essays and book chapters.

Her novel, Just Mercy, was published by Apprentice House in August 2014.

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