Dorothy Van Soest
- Title: At the Center
- Author: Dorothy Van Soest
- ISBN: 9781627200639
- Page: 383
- Format: Paperback
At the Center is about the dangers 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.The stories of two seven year old boys in At the Center are intertwined with the secrets and personal demons of the families and the foster care and social workers that shape their lives From tAt the Center is about the dangers 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.The stories of two seven year old boys in At the Center are intertwined with the secrets and personal demons of the families and the foster care and social workers that shape their lives From the stark poverty of American Indian reservations to the hidden dangers of affluent suburbia, two people unlock the mysteries of their own pasts in order to bring a killer to justice.
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‘At the Center’ by Dorothy Van Soest is a novel that insinuates itself in your heart from the first sentence, and it just does not let go. And neither will you be able to let go of the book! Be forewarned. Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down.Anthony – and it is Anthony, not Tony – Anthony Little Eagle is at the center of the book, but so too is Jamie, and very quickly so too are Sylvia Jenson and J B Harrell. Sylvia, a social worker and J B, an investiga [...]
I've read two other novels by Dorothy Van Soest and loved them all. This one was masterful, however, in that the author has artfully used the mystery format to take on a serious issue in our culture. The story starts off with the investigation of a small child's death and takes us into the belly of the beast, as it were--a broken foster care system. Rich, complex, sympathetic characters, and a compelling story line pull us along as any great story does. It's a story that raises our hackles, brea [...]
AT THE CENTER by Dorothy Van Soest - This is written as a kind of who-dun-it, with a surprising topic, the death (murder?) of a foster child. Based on years as a successful social worker, educator, administrator, Van Soest lays out the way social work offices work - or don’t. It’s also a tour of our times, presenting people who made choices in the past - a white woman active in the American Indian Movement; a child passed from family to family, with not enough explanation nor follow-up, peop [...]
5 stars. I could not put it down once I started reading. I cried for the foster family and wished a shared custody could have been achieved.This book shines a light into the dark corners of Foster Care system and the often tragic results of careless placement and lack of concern for each individual child caught up in this web. Too many rules that are made to "help" actually end up causing more damage. Child rearing is not a job or a money making necessity should be an act of love and stem from a [...]
I won this book as a Giveaway! What a wonderful book it was. I enjoyed the 2 separate settings and how they were linked together. The characters were believable and I felt caught up in their stories. I would recommend this book to others who like realistic mysteries.
I received the book At the Center from for an honest review. My thanks to Apprentice House and to Dorothy Van Soest.The title of this book couldn't have been more appropriate in regard to the subject matter of Foster Care in the United States. Americans talk a good talk that our children should always be at the front and at the center of all things when it comes to their safety and to their well-being. And yet, our eyes shift from that focus and avoid the deep responsibility on all sides of the [...]
Another great novel by Dorothy VanSoest. She takes us on two intertwining stories and blends them well. Her knowledge if intercultural differences and the field of social work brings reality to a murder mystery. We are enlightened along the journey and surprised by the twists and turns the story takes. Looking forward to her next work.
This is a compelling story and a definite page turner even though I could sometimes see things coming .
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