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You Belong Here : A Novel - Laurie Steed

Paperback Published: 1st March 2018
ISBN: 9780648203902
Number Of Pages: 256

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You Belong Here follows the Slater family from the years 1972 – 2002, finding faith, faults, and redemption, in a raw, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful meditation on what it means to be a family in modern Australia.

'An unforgettable exploration of the things that hold families together, and tear them apart. It finds the extraordinary in ordinary lives, and brings a tenderness, honesty, and sense of humour that’s rarely seen in Australian fiction. It’s beautifully written and stays with you long after it ends.' — Ryan O’Neill, 2017 Miles Franklin shortlisted author

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Deeply touched me

5

This novel tells the story of the Slater family, from when the parents met as teenagers in the 1970's, through marriage and having their three kids in the 1980's and on to divorce and family breakdown in the 1990's. It's a story that will be familiar to many people but told so well and with such honesty and heart that it's worth reading again. This novel is also definitely of a time and place. If you grew up in Australia in the 80's and 90's you'll get it. If you grew up in Western Australia you'll get all the little references (Remember Supa Value? WA Salvage?) But most of all if you've ever felt that the process of growing up is like the dimming of a light. If you've ever struggled to hold onto the people you love. You'll get this book. This novel deserves to be widely read and go down as an Australian classic.

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A smashing read

5

You Belong Here is a nuanced story centred on the role of family connection within domestic dysfunction. Laurie is a self assured writer of both the profound and funny. His prose is pithy, powerful and quirky. The cast of characters have been well drawn. I was invested in the lives of every one of them. An absolute smashing read.

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'An unforgettable exploration of the things that hold families together, and tear them apart. It finds the extraordinary in ordinary lives, and brings a tenderness, honesty, and sense of humour that’s rarely seen in Australian fiction. It’s beautifully written and stays with you long after it ends.'
Ryan O’Neill, 2017 Miles Franklin shortlisted author

ISBN: 9780648203902
ISBN-10: 0648203905
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2018
Publisher: Margaret River Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.28

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