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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (July 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427221723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427221728
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 15.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,390,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

“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

“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

“[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


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 14 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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By Samiam on Feb. 8 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bev Boyd on March 14 2014
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
Not bad. Emily Giffen's writing is always more literary than some of her contemporary chick-lit authors, but the characterization in this novel is off somehow. I just couldn't connect with the characters and a lot of it felt forced and/or one-dimensional.

Better than average chick-lit and a good way to veg-out while reading, but nothing more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By islandergirl on Aug. 24 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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By heather on March 12 2014
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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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By Dale Brownlee on Jan. 16 2014
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A good read on an emotionally difficult topic. I enjoyed this first book that I have read by this author.
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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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