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Where We Belong | [Emily Giffin]

Where We Belong

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jeanette United States 07-31-12
    Jeanette United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Where We Belong the most enjoyable?

    Very enjoyable book touching on many emotional topics that managed to put a lump in my throat more than once. It was a feel good story and although I found parts predictable, it was still just the kind of story I was in the mood for hearing. I loved the narrator's voice and she did a tremendous job with the various roles.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tamster UNION CITY, CA, United States 08-03-12
    Tamster UNION CITY, CA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic find!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was definitely worth listening to. I've read and listened to all of Emily Giffin's books and this is easily my favorite. The story is so grripping you don't want to stop listening!


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was perfect for this story.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 08-09-12
    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 08-09-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Compelling, evocative, humorously delicious listen"

    Emily Giffin is that rare writer whose craft is continually refined with each book. I've enjoyed all her novels, but this one is the most developed, well researched yet. She paints such a gutsy, frank look at adoption, relationships and family against the hollow, plastic reality of the television industry. Evocative, heart wrenching, and simultaneously warming, Where We Belong is a thoroughly engaging tale with a fine narration by Orlagh Cassidy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 07-30-12
    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    I needed something light and this book did it for me. Very well written and the characters come to life! From the get go, I enjoyed and looked forward to my time with these
    characters. Thanks

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cris5y CHINO, CA, United States 09-04-12
    Cris5y CHINO, CA, United States 09-04-12

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    "Loved it"

    I'm a fan of Emily Giffin's work and this one is not an exception. I loved the story, loved the characters, loved the sentiment.

    As for the narrator... she was ok. I could not stand how she read Kirby's voice. To me, she made her sound a lot more bitter than I would have imagined. Other than that, she was ok to listen to.

    I normally prefer to read books like this because I love to read... I only listened to it because I was on a road trip and wanted something to listen to. Despite the my dislike of the narration, I was still gripping at every detail. I would definitely recommend this book, weather it be audio or text.

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    S new york, NY, United States 08-28-12
    S new york, NY, United States 08-28-12
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    "Pretty good, but missing something..."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a heartwarming story from Giffin and if you like her past books, then you're likely to enjoy this, as well. It's well read by Orlagh Cassidy and the story has a good flow, but I did feel like it was missing something.....some meat, if you will. It was all a little too good to be true and just when you thought she would really delve into a character or relationship, she moved on to the next thing. For example...and this isn't really a spoiler, but just in case: SPOILER ALERT: nobody feels any conflict about the situation, everyone forgives the main character, everyone has great relationships with their parents, all of whom great, happy, understanding people and best pals with their kids. Kirby who is supposed to be an angsty teen that doesn't really fit in, finds peace all the parents, her sister and a boyfriend. Ain't life grand for everyone!?
    it just seemed a little too happy and tidy to be a believable story.

    But, Giffin is an enjoyable author. The overall story was a good listen. I was just hoping for a little more.

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    Carina United States 07-28-12
    Carina United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too short"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The ending could have been better. Instead it leaves your hanging and feeling that that the big part of the story is unresolved. I'm all about series, but this one left me feeling unfulfilled.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Giffin? Why or why not?

    Sure.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great variety on charaters' voices.


    Could you see Where We Belong being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hugh Jackman for Conrad. That's all I have so far.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that book 2 is on the works and with a better resolute ending.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Osage Beach, MO, United States 09-04-12
    Becky Osage Beach, MO, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2003

    I am the head cook at an elementary school. I love my job. It is about 30 miles away and I love to listen to my books while I drive.

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    If you could sum up Where We Belong in three words, what would they be?

    complex family story


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great emotion


    Who was the most memorable character of Where We Belong and why?

    Kirby was very memorable because it was easy to see her grow up and gain respect for her adoptive parents.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm usually a thriller or mystery person but once in a while I like to switch to something different. Emily Giffin is my go to person for that switch. She never lets me down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Canoga Park, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Jill Canoga Park, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable Read"
    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Orlagh portayed the many different characters well.


    Who was the most memorable character of Where We Belong and why?

    I enjoyed the character of Marian. I could see how her story in the novel could be relatable to other women.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the switch between the two main characters every other chapter. It provided two different voices

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca APO, AE, United States 09-03-12
    Rebecca APO, AE, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Griffin captivates me again"
    What made the experience of listening to Where We Belong the most enjoyable?

    Great story. Had me in tears one moment and laughing the next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kirby- she is not your typical teen and far from perfect, but lovable


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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