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Where We Belong

by Emily Giffin

St. Martin's Press | April 16, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Where We Belong is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 10.

From the author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Emily Giffin, comes the unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows…

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect 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 locked away forever.

From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.

As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.19 × 5.41 × 1.04 in

Published: April 16, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312554184

ISBN - 13: 9780312554187

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. I have read all of Emily Giffin's books. I love that the characters in each book have some kind of relationship with another character from her other books. While this book is not my favorite from her, you wont be disappointed if you are after a nice light read. Can't wait for more books from this author. 
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Marian Caldwell, New York producer of a hit show, thinks that her life is just about perfect. Great boyfriend, great career, and beautiful East Side apartment. And then one day, the past stands before her in the form of Kirby, her biggest secret, an unplanned child she gave up for adoption 18 years ago. As the perfect life Marian created starts to shatter, she gets to know her daughter, and confronts her past, which she has pushed away for years. The back story of Marian's past and what lead to Kirby is woven in with the story and Marian and Kirby getting to know each other and try to figure out where they fit into each other lives and really where they want to go with their own lives now. The chapters her alternate in voices from Marian to Kirby's, with sections woven in of Marian at 18. The information is given to the reader as we need it and the characters remember, having the reader piece the present and past together and see how they relate to each other. Finally, the novel addresses the important question of Kirby’s birth father, Conrad Knight. Marion lied to Conrad about her pregnancy; and while he is delighted to meet Kirby, who shares his talent and passion for music, he is rightfully angry with Marion, who never told him about the existence of his only child. The interplay of the families involved - Marion and her mother and father and Peter Standish, Kirby and her mother, father, and sister, and Conrad Knight - is highly entertaining and realistic. And Marion’s transformation by her decision to tell Conrad the truth leaves room for yet another novel about these lovable and interesting families. The book got better and better progressively and the highlight was probably when Marian saw Kirby and Conrad together in the bar, playing the drums like it was all meant to be. That was probably the turning point of Marian's character development and it's from there that we start to see the subtle shift in her priorities and her needs. A compelling read, this book is an improvement on her other novels Heart of the Matter, Love the One You're With and Baby Proof, but perhaps doesn't live up to the first two in the series, Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Still, the plot moves along fairly quickly and all in all, it's a fast read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, light read I think I've read all of Emily Giffin's books. They are reliable if predictable. It was a great book to read over the Christmas holidays, especially when you've given up sugar. It's a light confection, one that you will mow through quickly and it will promptly leave your brain. I got a Kobo for Christmas and I downloaded the ebook version of this one, which was perfect because I know I won't ever read it again. I would recommend this if you want to read something that requires very little of you.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Touching Story I really enjoyed "Where we Belong" because once again, it was an easy read yet with enough depth to keep you interested. You really get in touch with each of the main characters (which I like because it connects you more to the story), however, I felt as if the ending didn't do justice. I expected more.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is the first book I've read by Emily Giffin. I loved it. If this is her usual writing style, I'll be buying more books by this author. I lent this book to a friend and she read it in 3 days. She was surprised by the ending as was I.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great I generally enjoy Emily Giffin's books as nice fluffy escapes. This one didn't quite live up to my expectations. It was good, and I enjoyed the writing style per usual, but the storyline wasn't as engaging as I would have liked. It was pretty predictable, and while the story of an adopted child seeking out her birth parents is dramatic, the plot fell a bit flat. I enjoyed it enough to see how it ended (and was glad the ending wasn't as predictable as the balance of the book). Good enough but I'm not raving.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait.... I love all of Emily Giffin's novels for her writing style and method to keep you reading, this book I could not put down and read it in 3 days. I waited a month or so for it to come out and must say it was well worth the wait. It is a great storyline one in fact that is very real for a lot of people & although this particular topic is foreign to me I enjoyed going thru the emotions of the characters while they journeyed thru this amazing story. I love the writing style of Emily Giffin and have to say if you are looking for a great read that you can't put down until you absolutely have to - then buy this one it is a great read. Happy reading!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Convinced I was more excited waiting for the release of Where We Belong than I was with the actual book. I loved all of Emily Giffin’s other novels, but this one just let me down. It’s like it didn’t matter that this story, and the characters in it, had no substance because she could coast on the success of her last books. I really didn’t like Kirby’s perspective. I think that Giffin gave no thought to her character and just used a convenient cliché. There was no depth to her. She was adopted, confused about who she was, and rebellious. That’s it. Oh, and she played the drums, because what rebel doesn’t play an instrument? I also think that her voice was too juvenile for eighteen years old. I get the impression that Giffin wanted to pop out a book as fast as she could, and thought it was easiest to write a teenager. The other people in the book weren’t all that better. The problem is that all of those little complexities that make a person who they are weren’t there. Instead of personalities the characters were just titles; producer, teenager, musician. Not only was I upset with the characters, but I did not appreciate their actions either. Kirby could’ve had a little more tact when she was meeting her parents. The way she forced herself into these complete stranger’s lives was a little inappropriate for her age. She should know better. But Marian’s reaction to Kirby was worse. It was ridiculous. What kind of person would act as she did upon meeting their own flesh and blood? *SPOILER* The love story between Marian and Conrad was kind of cute, but nothing happens between them. I do understand that it’s supposed to be the story of Marian and Kirby. However, since their story was so superficial and emotionless, I figured there would at least be the relationship between the biological parents to supplement the book. In the end, I thought Where We Belong was a flop. It was a promising idea, but wasn’t done well. I don’t recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best One Yet!! Like any of Emily Giffin's books she makes her readers fall in love with the characters. Written in both Marian and Kirby's point of views, it gave us a better view of each character and their reaction to discovering each other and the secrets behind Kirby's adoption. I just fell in love with the entire book. I have read all of Emily's books and this one does not disappoint because it was addicting and full of emotions and love between all the characters. I read this book in one day!! Its one book that you will not be able to put down! The plot was great!! I loved the point of views from both Marian and Kirby because as a reader we see the past, future and what they are both up to after the adoption. Each of the characters were amazing to read about because many people can connect with Emily's writing. I even loved how she showed how Marian and Conrad met on that fateful night as well as falling in love during that great summer as well as discovering the truth of family, as well as finding pieces of yourself showing up on your doorstep. As the story went on the development of each character evolved as they got to know each other better. I really liked Conrad because he was one of those bad boys who is Marian's real true love and despite what was happening Marian did make a choice with her situation (not telling) and then meeting him in the book once Kirby sees him is the most rewarding to read about. Kirby is a character many can relate too because as young adults we go through the stages. Her own story is remarkable and her meeting Marian really changes her life because compared to her life at her "family" she never felt that she belonged and related to, but she is a smart, talented girl who would later discover who she is and where she belongs. Marian life has changed ever since meeting her daughter who she gave up for adoption and when these two women meet each other they develop a relationship and this is a different type of view compared to Emily Giffin past writing which makes this book shine! Where We Belong is one of the best books yet!! I am a big fan of Emily Giffin, because her writing is one of the best out there for those who love romance/contemporary in fiction. I could re-read this book over and over again because its soo memorable to go back and enjoy it again! I am looking forward to many more books by this fabulous author. I also love how she incorporate updates from her past books!! If you love Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot this book is for you!! You are missing out on this amazing book!! DEFINITELY A MUST READ!! + the cover is adorable.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Chick Lit books. I have shelves full of my favourite authors, like Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner, Gemma Townley, and Emily Giffin — I adore them so much that when a new book comes out, I don’t even bother reading what it’s about, I just buy it. With Emily Giffin’s latest, I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy from the publisher, but I still had no clue what the book was about. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it really wasn’t the normal Chick Lit fare about a man and a woman falling in love, with cute things happening along the way. In fact, all of the love happens right in the beginning — 18 years ago — between a boy and a girl in high school. The result is 18-year-old Kirby, who shows up on Marian’s doorstep, starting a story about love, loss, secrets, and family. This was an amazing story! The entire book is narrated by the two main characters — Kirby and Marian. This works out very well and it was nice to go back to the past with both stories, seeing what led up to the creation of Kirby, and what led Kirby to seek out her birth mother. The result is a story that focuses on the choices we make, the people they hurt, and the decisions that we have to live with for the rest of our lives. Emily Giffin writes astounding characters. I loved Marian right off the bat, even her “highfalutin” lifestyle as a TV producer. It was nice to see that not everything was perfect for her and I liked how not all of her story was told right off the bat — instead, there are bits and pieces of her past told as the story goes on, putting plenty of twists and turns in front of the reader. The same goes for Kirby. I completely understood why Kirby did what she did — being a teenage girl, Kirby is awkward and unsure of where she fits in life. Being adopted, she wonders if she fits with her adopted family at all. I loved watching her grow as the novel went on, seeing her relationships change with her family and friends. The thing that really made this book work was how true to life it was. I’d like to think, though, that in real life the situation would be just slightly messier and not so well accepted, but Emily Giffin does a wonderful job of putting her readers into the minds of two people who are making (or who have made) huge decisions in their life — life-altering decisions. The other thing that made this book work — and it’s something Griffin has done in the past — is that the reader is able to get into the head of both characters, to see both sides of the story. With a story so delicate as one about adoption, seeing the different perspectives is crucial and Giffin pulls it off well. Where We Belong really is a beautiful read and probably one of Giffin’s best. Highly recommended! Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing me a copy of the book for review!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated out of 5 by from I cannot wait to read this!
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Where We Belong

by Emily Giffin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.19 × 5.41 × 1.04 in

Published: April 16, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312554184

ISBN - 13: 9780312554187

About the Book

The author of five blockbuster novels, 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 when a successful TV exec opens her heart to a girl with a key to the past.

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1 marian   I know what they say about secrets. I’ve heard it all. That they can haunt and govern you. That they can poison relationships and divide families. That in the end, only the truth will set you free. Maybe that’s the case for some people and some secrets. But I truly believed I was the exception to such portents, and never once breathed the smallest mention of my nearly two-decade-long secret to anyone. Not to my closest friends in my most intoxicated moments or to my boyfriend, Peter, in our most intimate ones. My father knew nothing of it—and I didn’t even discuss it with my mother, the only person who was there when it all happened, almost as if we took an unspoken vow of silence, willing ourselves to let go, move on. I never forgot, not for a single day, yet I was also convinced that sometimes, the past really was the past. I should have known better. I should have taken those words to heart—the ones that started it all on that sweltering night so long ago: You can run but you can’t hide . *   *   * But those words, that night, my secret, are the farthest things from my mind as Peter and I stroll down Bleecker Street following a lingering dinner at Lupa, one of our favorite restaurants in the city. After several stops and starts, winter seems over for good, and the balmy spring night is made warmer by the bottle of Barolo Peter ordered. It’s one of the many things I admire about him̵
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From the Publisher

From the author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Emily Giffin, comes the unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows…

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect 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 locked away forever.

From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.

As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest 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 the Author

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 five New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, and Heart of the Matter, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR WHERE WE BELONG “In another surefire hit, [Giffin] serves up pathos, humor, and one doozy of a twist.” —Entertainment Weekly “Sharply drawn characters and finely honed sensibility add up to a story that’s as bittersweet as an August evening.” —Family Circle  “Book clubs will have a field day with this one.  Thorny mother-daughter relationships and secrets we keep from loved ones burn up the pages.” —USA Today    “After five charming relationship-themed hits, Emily Giffin had a lot to live up to with WHERE WE BELONG.  Luckily, the author executes with a thoughtful finesse that makes this easily her best work yet.  [WHERE WE BELONG] is that special type of story that takes priority over getting to bed on time. And the payoff is well worth it.” —Boston Globe    “Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master.  Over the course of five best-selling novels, she has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called ‘a modern-day Jane Austen.’  With 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.  Even Austen would find it hard to put down.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Emily Giffin’s
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