Where We Belong

Where We Belong

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian's perfectly constructedworld--and her very identity--will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves--a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312554194
Characteristics: viii, 372 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jan 09, 2017

Emily Giffen comes through again with a well written and wonderful story. Her characters are always developed so well you think that you would recognize them in a crowd. She touches on some emotional issues from all sides so you feel you know just how each person feels. She is always a good read.

Aug 26, 2016

A book about broken relationships being placed back together again. Marian Caldwell is a hotshot TV producer living the life in NYC, when one night a knock on her door changes everything. Kirby Rose (the most beautiful name!) standing there wanting an answer, but more importantly, acceptance. As the book progresses, we flash back and forth between past and present, alternating between the two voices chapter after chapter.

Lighter book, perfect for summer reading.

Aug 17, 2016

This is the first book I read by this author and it won't be the last! Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it!

Feb 14, 2015

Don't understand how this book got such a high overall rating, but then I don't consider myself an expert on chick-lit. If this is considered some of the best of its kind, then that's one more genre off the list. I read maybe 50 pages of this: the story seemed completely predictable, there was nothing particularly original about the characters, and the writing, to be charitable, is pedestrian.

Sep 28, 2014

I couldn't put this one down. A great read all round!

ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Marian Caldwell is in her thirties -- a successful Manhattan television producer -- when the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years previously shows up on her doorstep. Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil, Marian and her emotionally untethered daughter are swept up in a storm of personal discovery as they embark on a quest to discover what they truly value and where they really belong. With great pacing and believable characters, this search for identity astutely captures the complicated issue of never feeling like you fit in." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a4f4d377-8dd6-440e-bb35-99f389939f47?postId=03c1c147-b517-499d-b132-6db115231ff1

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This was an easy and enjoyable read by Emily Giffin. I have read all of her books and enjoyed them all!"

May 27, 2014

I loved this book and all the twists and turns. Never a dull moment and every chapter made me anxious for the next. From beginning to end I was engrossed.

Mar 02, 2014

This book came in a grab bag of romance novels put together by the regional library, "no peeking!" It was so much more. It involves a gut-wrenching story of decisions made when teenage love goes awry, mistakes result in choices made where life will never be the same. Long-held secrets stand in the way of authentic living and get dismantled. Powerful, evocative, get ready to be moved and changed and wonder "what if" in your own life.

Dec 21, 2013

This is definitely my favorite Emily Giffin book and I truly enjoyed reading it. Recommended to anyone who loves Emily's other novels or Sophie Kinsella. In the end, I recommend it to everyone.

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