Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

12987977After a couple of misses, I was quite happy to dive into a book by an author I’ve come to rely on for a layered story with complex characters that’s still a quick read.

Where We Belong is the story of a woman (Marian) who gave up a baby (Kirby) for adoption eighteen years ago and what happens when Kirby shows up to find Marian. Marian has the perfect job, perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend, who maybe doesn’t want to marry her, if she even wants that. So maybe it’s not all that perfect. Kirby is struggling to fit in with her adoptive family, trying to figure out what she’s going to do after high school. And even though she told her parents she totally doesn’t care, maybe she wants to know where she came from and why they gave her up.

The book is based in St. Louis (though Marian lives in Manhattan because of course, she does), which was a nice change of pace from the big city plots I’m used to. Marian and Kirby are very well-drawn and it’s easy to tell their chapters apart. The ending was actually very believable and well-paced. I’ll definitely on the lookout for the next Giffin adventure.