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 36-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 18-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.
©2012 Emily Giffin (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I'd probably recommend this audiobook to a friend. I wasn't in love with the narrator but the book was so good I could get past it. I really enjoyed listening to this at work.
If you like Emily Giffin's other books, you'll like this one too.
I would most likely not try another Orlagh Cassidy performance. It would have to be a book I really really really wanted to read/listen to. I definitely wouldn't seek out any books read by her. I didn't like her performance as Kirby at all. She made her sound nasaly and rude most of the time. I didn't think it was portrayed how Kirby is really written. As far as her regular voice, I didn't like it much either. She sounded "old" and "teacher-y". As someone in her early 30s, with Marion being 36, I would've expected a younger sounding voice. Not this warm, grandmother voice.
I wouldn't rename the book. It's fine.
At first, I thought I wasn't going to like this story because I was completely appalled by what Marion did, with the lying. She seemed to continue her life like that, and be someone who didn't face her issues. As the story continued, I did grow to like her, which was a relief. I can't stand a book where I don't like one of the main characters.
This is another great Emily Giffin book. If you like her work, you will like this book. I hope she writes another book about these characters. I'm about as attached to them now as I was/am to Darcy and Rachel.
Definitely in the top 10%
This story was very different from any that I have read or listened to lately.
The scene on the sidewalk in front of Conrad's apartment, when the high school sweethearts were first reunited!
I wanted to, but that is unrealistic for me. I listen in the car or when exercising.
Keep them coming, Emily!
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
this book has an interesting premise, and good characters and narration. the real appeal is that it is not directed necessarily to the 20-something reader.
I really enjoyed listening to this book -- the story was engrossing and I had trouble turning it off. However, and not to ruin it, but I was really disappointed by how the author chose to end the book. I think she could have easily gone in a couple different direction that would have made the reader happier and she chose none of those. So overall, I would say it was good until the end which again, I found lacking.
Love Emily Giffin's books! I wish she could crank out more then one every few years!
Her characters are so real and believable - and her subject matters are real as well. Yes - it's pretty much "chick -lit" but - that doesn't bother me (since I'm a "chick"). The narrator was awesome as well!! I will admit - that when I saw what the book was about (the subject matter - about - giving up a child for adoption) - I was slightly hesitant as to if I was going to like the book/story very much. But I got sucked in immediately! I also like that the author brings back old characters from her other novels. Great book to get lost in!!!!
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Orlagh Cassidy demonstrated a great performance for the audio version of Where We Belong. In it, she was able to bring EG's characters to life, expressing the complicated lessons we learn as we grow up. I felt a lot of compassion for these characters, understanding the various emotions that each experienced within this "coming of age" story. The agonizing decisions that this young teenage girl encounters when faced with a very grown up situation, and then the consequences everyone in her life is subjected to because of the choices she made.The strength and devotion of family ties, as each member comes to terms with the complicated relationships between its members is compelling.I couldn't put this book down, and was saddened when I came to the conclusion. I would have ended the book differently than Emily...but then again, she is the best selling author!
Download it today! It is definitely worth the credit!
Audio has advantage of Cassidy. She can certainly bring all the characters to life. Much better than the print version can.
Sensitivity and sadness that Marian experiences is written so beautifully by Griffin
Ability to exhibit true emotion in her voice portrayals.
Marian's Dad. The description of his physical features and longing for his granddaughter, while still showing the love for his own daughter were remarkable. He also exemplifies the balance needed in the family, especially counteracting his spouse's, sometimes, thoughtless remarks.
The awesome story and it's complex relationships...
My Sisters keeper
When she meets her biological dad.
They must make a movie! I'd watch it!
Sometimes we search our whole lives for where we should be only to find we are right where we belong...
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