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Author: Emily Giffin
ISBN13: 978-0312554194
Title: Where We Belong: A Novel
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Language: English
Category: Womens Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (July 24, 2012)
Pages: 384

Where We Belong: A Novel by Emily Giffin



Emily Giffin's new novel about the legacy of adoption, WHERE WE BELONG, imagines what happens when an 18-year-old girl tracks down her birth mothe. he latest in a string of provocative, imaginative novels that began in 2004 with SOMETHING BORROWED. All the characters are on a journey to find 'where we belong,' and Giffin knits together their journeys with a masterly hand. Emily Giffin's WHERE WE BELONG is a literary Rorschach test

Chapter 34. Also by Emily Giffin. I found myself ditching my other projects and sketching out their backstories, until suddenly South Second Street was born (I moved the bar from modern-day Brooklyn to Philly in the seventies).

Like Lowry’s book, Where We Belong deals with adoption, but it is written from a different perspective. Whereas in Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye Natalie meets with her birth mother late in the story, here, in Where We Belong, adoptee and birth mother meet by the end of Chapter One. The rest of the book is about what happens after that. Where We Belong is a deeply absorbing novel and even has some romantic moments, as well as others that made me reach for a box of tissues. The emotional center of the books is Marian and her journey, rather than Kirby’s. Emily Giffin started out in chick lit and I think she has a romantic/happy ending sensibility. I read Marian as having updated her information with the adoption agency because in some part of her she was burdened by these secrets, and she needed to grieve and acknowledge her loss.

I really liked Where We Belong, a story in which Marian must face long buried feelings about a tough decision she made years ago, while Kirby, a high school senior, deals with addressing deep questions about her true identity. For the first time, I was NOT blown away by an Emily Giffin novel. I have read every one that she has written, and always eagerly await her newest one, as I did with "Where We Belong. Unfortunately, this time the payoff was a bit disappointing. The novel starts out slowly (I was bored) and did little to make me care about Marion or Peter or their relationship and histories until, about 70 pages into the book, Kirby arrives.

I smile and bury my cheek against his broad shoulder as he plants a kiss on the top of my head and says, Where to now, Champ? He coined the nickname after I beat him in a contentious game of Scrabble on our third date, then doubled down and did it again, gloating all the while. I laughed and made the fatal mistake of telling him Champ was the ironic name of my childhood dog, a blind chocolate Lab with a bad limp, thus sealing the term of endearment. Marian was quickly relegated to mixed company, throes of passion, and our rare arguments.

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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. 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. Contact me: inforeq17l.

Where We Belong is a 2012 New York Times bestselling chick-lit novel by Emily Giffin. The novel was released by St. Martin's Press on July 24, 2012. Where We Belong has been optioned to become a film, with Giffin serving as producer. The book is narrated partly through the perspective of Kirby Rose, and is Giffin's first novel with a teenager as a main character.

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 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.

Reviews: 7
Gavikelv
Im sooo disapointed by this book.
I loved all the other emily griffin books, but this one, I struggled just finishing.
Firstly, Its sooo predictable, I knew exactly what would happen to the main character as I started reading.
Its hard to feel emotionally connected to the characters, because they are one dimentional. Myriam is a typical New york workaholic snob who loves to shop at barneys, yawnnn. Kirby is a typical teenager who loves music, and is unsure of herself and trying to figure out what to do with her life.
I did not feel myself wanting to flip the pages of the book, and trying to find out what would happen.
MEhh, wouldnt recommend, its another 3 hours ill never get back.
JoJosho
I read this book the first time and thought it was boring. I don't know what was different about this time, but clearly SOMETHING was. The words she wrote were the same, but this time I felt what was going on in my gut.

It was so real. It's so tempting to expect an adoption story to end with everyone one big happy family or the complete opposite--everyone coming away from the meeting with nothing in common and no desire to be part of each others' lives.

I think I read one of the earlier reviews as saying that the book provided a negative look at adoption. I didn't see it that way at all. Kirby got what she needed, and Marian and Conrad as the adults figured out their lives the best way they could. However, I do wish Marian had been honest with Conrad at the beginning.
Wiliniett
A lot of reviews noted that this was a "fun and breezy" read and I would agree that I generally had a good time reading it- it was a compelling story and I loved the characters. But the subject tone was a much more serious one than Giffin has taken on in the past that I felt was a little bit heavier though still enjoyable. Where We Belong tells the story of Marian Caldwell, a successful 30-something television producer, who is visited by Kirby Rose, an 18 year old misunderstood teenager who also happens to be Marian's biological daughter that she gave up for adoption 18 years ago. Told from both Marian and Kirby Rose's perspectives, this is an addictive read that allows for a varied perspective into a difficult situation. What I found most interesting about this book are the questions that Giffin confronted- how do you handle creating a relationship between the biological mother and the biological daughter? What IS a "family"? How are families made? And does biology trump social constructions of family? Although these are heavy questions to answer and to confront, Giffin develops the characters and the plot in a way in which these questions are easily answered without being too serious or somber as other books that also focus on adoption and reunion. It's a great read the entire way through the book. The ending is a little bit predictable and the ending is nicely wrapped up for the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it all on an international flight. It wasn't too heavy or somber but I felt that this book had a more serious tone than say Baby Proof or Something Borrowed. Most of all, it made me really question whether the age-old phrase "I'm where I'm meant to be" is always true...
luisRED
"Where We Belong" is a story about decisions and consequences, and how the choices that we make not only affect ourselves but others as well. Marian a rich teenager was used to having her own way in everything, and didn't really think about how any of her actions may affect others.

While Marian was still in high school, she became pregnant by Conrad, a teenage musician friend. She hinted to him that she might be carrying his unborn child. Conrad was not exactly overjoyed when he heard about this, but made it very clear to Marian, that not only would he stand by her, but he would also take an active role in caring for their child. Marian decided then and there, that she had to keep her pregnancy a secret. Conrad she knew, would want her to keep the baby, and she just couldn't do that. So she broke up with him.

Her parents would never have approved of Conrad anyway, she rationalized. He was a musician who was going no-where, and she had college to attend, a career to find, and a successful man to capture, before she settled down. There was no room in her life for a stagnate husband and a new born baby; no, no room at all. So Marian secretly birthed their child and gave their daughter up for adoption.

Eighteen years later Marian's lie of omission came knocking at her door. Her daughter Kirby, was now a teenager and she wanted answers. Kirby always knew that she had been adopted, and for the most part, she was fine with that. But Kirby never felt like she really fit anywhere, and she wanted to know why. She wanted to know about her birth parents.

To all outward appearances, Marian appeared to have the perfect life. She was a successful TV producer who lived in a fancy upscale apartment, and had a rich handsome boyfriend by her side. But she wasn't happy, there was something missing in her life. Of course Marian's answer to her fulfillment was standing right at her doorstep, but she didn't know that yet.

There wasn't an immediate bonding with Marian and her daughter Kirby, which made the author's writing of their first meeting realistic. Kirby was the typical teenager, melodramatic, irritable and quite often rude. And Marian, well…she was the shell-shocked Mother, who was trying desperately to hide from everyone, her sin.

The two of them did end up bonding, but not before suffering some emotional bruises from each another. Kirby as anyone can imagine wasn't exactly throwing out warm fuzzies to her new found Mother, and Marian was quickly discovering with dismay that there were no easy "do overs" in life. And that sometimes the words "I'm sorry" just weren't enough.

This book stirred up strong emotions from Emily Giffin's readers. I personally liked it. I didn't care for the heroine, but I don't think I was supposed to. She was an entitled rich girl who was used to getting whatever she wanted without taking into consideration other people's feelings. She did change for the better though, when she discovered that what she really wanted, money couldn't buy. Forgiveness she found came slowly, like the pealing of an onion, one thin layer at a time. It wasn't something that she could rush, buy or take. It had to be given freely, and Marian decided, more than anything, that she wanted it.

I really liked Conrad and wished that he had played a greater role in this book. He was as well as the ending, a total surprise. I agree with many of the readers who felt that the ending of the book was too abrupt and that it would have benefitted greatly from a few added chapters. But then again, maybe the author is planning a sequel. A reader can only hope.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and would recommend giving it a read. I think Emily Giffin did a fabulous job with her character development, and unique storyline.
Kanal
I'm so excited to have discovered Emily Giffin's writing! Wow, what a talent. It's been a while since I felt like I would rather be home with my book thank doing ANYTHING else. This story is about Kirby, a teenaged girl who seeks her birth parents, and Marian, her birth mother. Both have a compelling arc. For Kirby, it's a coming of age story. For Marian, it's coming to understand the misbelief under which she's been living, and a love story. So rich, so well-written. Highly recommended!