Where We Belong by Emily Giffin


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Where We Belong is a moving book, and one that sucked me in deep.
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The author of several blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin's Where We Belong 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 constructed world—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.


About Emily Giffin

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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of four other New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, and Heart of the Matter, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.
Published July 24, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 383 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Professional & Technical. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

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Reviewed by Janine on Aug 15 2012

Where We Belong is a moving book, and one that sucked me in deep.

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Reviewed by Gerianne Bartlett on Jul 19 2012

Giffin makes Kirby's parents appear inadequate to Kirby, especially in comparison to Marian's glitzy existence. This does a disservice to adoptive parents everywhere.

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The Boston Globe

Reviewed by Rennie Dyball on Jul 25 2012

It’s that special type of story that takes priority over getting to bed on time. And the payoff is well worth it.

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The Seattle Times

Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on Jul 30 2012

In their own ways, all these characters are on a journey to discover "where we belong," and Giffin knits together their journeys with a masterly hand.

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Chicago Sun Times

Reviewed by MARY HOULIHAN on Jul 26 2012

Giffin’s use of humor, honesty, originality and, like Austen, a biting social commentary, this modern-day “woman’s novel” sits easily on nightstands and in beach bags.

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Reviewed by Brittany on Jun 28 2012

Current fans of Giffin will certainly want to read this one as soon as it comes out, and it’s a great introductory novel for those who may not have read Giffin before but thoroughly enjoy high-end chick-lit.

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Reviewed by Cressida McLaughlin

I just wish there had been a bit more emotion between birth-mother and daughter which, while it may have made it a more difficult read, would have given more credibility and depth to the situation and the main characters.

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jul 22 2012

Though she's written six books, the quality of her novels has only increased with time, and nowhere is that more evident than with her latest book, Where We Belong.

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