Books by Laura Moriarty

AMERICAN HEART by Laura Moriarty
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A thought-provoking, chilling read with a controversial premise. (Fiction. 13-18) (Ed. Note: The review of American Heart has been edited for clarity and to provide additional insights from the reviewer from its original appearance on, which was removed from the site with this statement.) "
Fifteen-year-old Sarah Mary will do anything for her sensitive younger brother, but she never thought that would mean running from the law. Read full book review >
THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty
Released: June 5, 2012

"Unlike the too-infrequently-seen Louise, the fictional characters seem less alive or important than the issues they represent."
In Kansas-native Moriarty's fourth novel (While I'm Falling, 2009, etc.), she imagines the life of the actual Wichita matron who accompanied future silent film star Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 as a favor to Brooks' parents. Read full book review >
WHILE I’M FALLING by Laura Moriarty
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Turn off the phone, lock the door and order takeout before opening this sweet, straight-through read that leaves no loose ends dangling."
Moriarty (The Rest of Her Life, 2007, etc.) slips inside the skin of a premed student disoriented by her parents' divorce and her own fumbling attempts to live up to others' expectations. Read full book review >
THE REST OF HER LIFE by Laura Moriarty
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Well-written, convincing and impossible to put down."
Another novel of troubled mothers and daughters from Moriarty (The Center of Everything, 2003), whose straightforward, unadorned prose speaks on some level to every woman. Read full book review >
Released: July 2, 2003

"Among the plethora of first novels tracking preteen daughters of sorry single mothers, Moriarty's gutsy opener is hard not to like."
A pleasantly wry, spunky debut, set in the Reagan era, about a fatherless girl who uses her brains as the way out of her mother's hopeless welfare state. Read full book review >