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Where We Belong [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Emily Giffin , Orlagh Cassidy
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Book Description

July 24 2012
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.

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“WHERE WE BELONG had me riveted, in part because of the flawless reading by Orlagh Cassidy” – Winston-Salem Journal

“Narrator Orlagh Cassidy emphasizes the tenderness and emotion in Giffin’s portrayal of a mother and daughter who are getting to know each other. Cassidy makes it obvious when Marian is feeling guilty, nervous, or awkward and when Kirby is feeling upset, intrigued, or vulnerable. Cassidy credibly depicts just how difficult but necessary this mother-and-daughter relationship is for both characters.” – AudioFile Magazine



Praise for the print edition of 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 new novel about the legacy of adoption, WHERE WE BELONG, imagines what happens when an 18-year-old girl tracks down her birth mother…the latest in a string of provocative, imaginative novels that began in 2004 with SOMETHING BORROWED. All the characters [here] are on a journey to find ‘where we belong,’ and Giffin knits together their journeys with a masterly hand." —Seattle Times

"Emily Giffin’s WHERE WE BELONG is a literary Rorschach test. The book, while thoroughly entertaining, will also prod readers to examine choices they’ve made in their lives. It will compel them to muse about things they’d like to do over, to do differently, to do better…[and] gracefully examines themes of identity, family and forgiveness." —Miami Herald

"Emily Giffin has a wonderful way with words. [WHERE WE BELONG] is an emotionally powerful story that will ring true with women who have given a child away and with those who grew up wondering where they came from. Giffin may be working with a premise and plot that is fairly simple, but there’s nothing lightweight about the emotional turbulence she creates." —Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

"[Giffin] shows that real love is messy but meaningful in this delicious, easygoing read." —American Way

"[Giffin’s] novels present tough moral dilemmas all related to love. And her latest, WHERE WE BELONG, is no exception and perhaps her best yet…It’s a classic Giffin tale, nuanced and messy and utterly addictive, with fully fleshed-out characters who face morally ambiguous choices that aren’t resolved in neat bows." —Austin American-Statesman

"A breezy, yet compelling read." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Emily Giffin is back with another must-read summer novel!" —Harper’s Bazaar

"The next must-read book of the summer!" —Star

"WHERE WE BELONG is too suspenseful to be called chick lit and too relationship-centered to be labeled a thriller. But most readers will have little time to think of a genre for Emily Giffin’s latest novel as they race through this gripping story about the reunion of a high school senior and the woman who put her up for adoption 18 years earlier." —Connecticut Post

"Giffin has a way of tugging on our heartstrings while still making us laugh out loud...[a] perfect recipe." —Woman’s World

"Graceful and inviting prose, careful plotting and vivid characterizations…The coming together of two people who share a genetic heritage and little else is dramatically and emotionally risky. But Giffin makes the most of the opportunity, and WHERE WE BELONG had me riveted." —Winston-Salem Journal

"The issue about secrets isn’t about keeping them. It’s the reveal and its consequences. That’s the challenge faced by the characters in Emily Giffin’s new, briskly paced…WHERE WE BELONG. Taking a somewhat more somber tone than she did in her [previous] bestselling novels, Giffin’s approach and style mature in this latest effort." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"Breezy and fun, this is definitely one for the beach bag!" —All You magazine

"Giffin’s latest will make you shed a few tears – and call your mom." —Ladies Home Journal

"You’re sure to spy lots of pale-orange book covers at the beach this summer, as Emily Giffin releases her latest in a series of successful reads. The book has heart, meat and realistic characters." —am New York

"[WHERE WE BELONG] delivers the readable, addicting prose we have all come to love [but] delves deeper than ever before, showing that the author is capable of making her signature style work with topics beyond typical relationships. Through Marian, her daughter and the rest of those affected by Marian’s decisions, the author beautifully tackles the complex issues of sex, abortion, adoption and the difficult decisions that go along with each." —Woodbury magazine"A satisfying and entertaining read. Giffin is a gifted storyteller [and] writes smart, snappy prose that elevates this novel." —Vancouver Sun

"Believable characters, [a] page-turning plot and [an] unblinking look at the choices we make as women." —WeightWatchers magazine


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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable enough read Sept. 14 2012
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Finding oneself and one's place in life, both as a woman approaching forty, and as a young adult feature prominently in Where We Belong and, as always, Emily Giffin provides an easy read, this one exploring the family bond and how we come to belong.

I've always enjoyed Giffin's novels well enough, but she's never been up there on my absolutely must read list. Maybe it's the subjects she chooses - cheating and stabbing your best friend in the back don't rank up there for me (even if I thought Darcy was over the top), so while Something Borrowed and Something Blue never sat well with me, they did make me think and somehow I ended up feeling more connected to the characters through understanding, which is a testament to Giffin's writing. Where We Belong is no exception to this rule of a character that has made decisions I find perplexing, yet by the end I feel I understand the characters more and am able to have more empathy for them.

Marian, with her carefully crafted life in NYC as a television producer, dating the President of the company and living on 5th Avenue, took some warming up to. I've never led such a privileged lifestyle and her closed off attitude took some getting used to, but as she opened up and reevaluated her life, I grew to like her more. I liked Kirby's character better straight away as she was much more relatable with her confused teenage antics compounded by her sense of not belonging. And then there was Conrad, who was the shining star in this novel, but sadly his first scene was far too late in the novel.

Where We Belong is written from both Marian and Kirby's point of view and I thought it was done well and was a wonderful way to convey the story from both angles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down March 14 2014
I really enjoyed this read. How choices and decisions you make as a young person can affect your future in unexpected ways.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Was left wanting more! Aug. 24 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this new Emily Giffin read. I've read all her books to date, I feel as though with each novel, there is more depth to the characters and substance to the storyline.
I liked the back and forth narrative from Marian's point of view to Kirby-her birth daughter who is looking for some answers.
The young, passionate love between young Marian and her rebellious boyfriend, Conrad brings back nostalgia for that first, young love.
Hope to see a sequel exploring this. Didn't want it to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read June 20 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Emily Giffin did not disappoint once again, her books continue to engage the reader start to finish. Highly recommend this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where we Belong March 12 2014
By heather
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this was a surprising good book for fluff, I quite enjoyed it. took me one afternoon to read it mind you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Feb. 8 2014
By Samiam
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this book was decent, it wasn't great. I found it strange that there was so much build up to the meeting between Marian and Conrad, but it was essentially a huge letdown. It didn't happen until almost the end, and they had very little chemistry and very little meaningful conversations. He sort of forgave her for what she did. There could have been so much more conflict and tension (which is what I like in a book), but there just wasn't. Why make such a big deal about how much they were in love, have her break up with her current boyfriend, then have essentially nothing happen. It was a letdown. Even the adoption issues were done in a way that seemed devoid of much real emotion.
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