WHERE WE BELONG
Giffin’s latest delves into the relationships between an adopted child, the parents who raised her and the one who gave her up. This book is emotionally charged with decisions a parent has to make for her child, when she is only a child herself. Giffin tackles a difficult subject and makes the story real.
Marian Caldwell has it all: a successful television career and a healthy relationship with a great man. She brings up the subject of marriage, and it all starts to unravel. Late one night there is a knock on the door. It is a young woman named Kirby Rose, who says, “I think you’re my mother.”
Kirby’s adoptive parents have loved and supported her every step of the way. But her new friendship with Marian puts a strain on their relationship with her. When Kirby gets curious about her birth father, a man who has no idea that he fathered a child, the stress is on everyone. Kirby has to sort out her feelings about the four individuals who are her parents. Marian has to rethink her entire life and the relationship that she thought was forever. They both will make decisions that cannot be taken back once they are made. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 384 pp., $27.99)