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'Jen and Steven meet at sixteen and marry at eighteen.  Soon they're the parents of three young children.

'Initially, the kids keep them together until love turns to lies and the family implodes.  As they become adults, each child faces love and loss in the shadow of their family legacy.

'You Belong Here is a book about trust and connection. About what keeps us going in spite of ourselves. 

'About a place where we belong.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Witchcliffe, Margaret River area, Busselton - Augusta area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,: Margaret River Press , 2018 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 March 2018.

      ISBN: 9780648203902

Other Formats

  • Also dyslexic edition
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Gretchen Shirm Reviews 'You Belong Here' Gretchen Shirm , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 401 2018; (p. 39)

— Review of You Belong Here Laurie Steed , 2018 single work novel

'Interwoven short story collections are often at their best when they offer multiple perspectives on the same event. Laurie Steed does this well in his début novel You Belong Here, as he captures the life of a single family through the multiplicity of its members.' (Introduction)

A Home in the Suburbs Ellen Cregan , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , April 2018;

'Familial relationships are some of the most complex we develop over the course of our lives. In You Belong Here, Laurie Steed explores the bond of one family, the Slaters, over the course of decades. When Jen and Steven meet in 1970s Melbourne, they rapidly marry, move interstate and begin a family. Soon after they move to the suburbs of Perth, Jen finds herself at home with three children under the age of four and a husband who is absent and distracted due to work. As the years go on, their relationship breaks down and Steven becomes estranged from his three children, Alex, Emily and Jay. While this novel begins with Jen and Steven, their stories are obscured as the kids move through childhood and into adolescence and early adulthood.'  (Introduction)

Gretchen Shirm Reviews 'You Belong Here' Gretchen Shirm , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 401 2018; (p. 39)

— Review of You Belong Here Laurie Steed , 2018 single work novel

'Interwoven short story collections are often at their best when they offer multiple perspectives on the same event. Laurie Steed does this well in his début novel You Belong Here, as he captures the life of a single family through the multiplicity of its members.' (Introduction)

A Home in the Suburbs Ellen Cregan , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , April 2018;

'Familial relationships are some of the most complex we develop over the course of our lives. In You Belong Here, Laurie Steed explores the bond of one family, the Slaters, over the course of decades. When Jen and Steven meet in 1970s Melbourne, they rapidly marry, move interstate and begin a family. Soon after they move to the suburbs of Perth, Jen finds herself at home with three children under the age of four and a husband who is absent and distracted due to work. As the years go on, their relationship breaks down and Steven becomes estranged from his three children, Alex, Emily and Jay. While this novel begins with Jen and Steven, their stories are obscured as the kids move through childhood and into adolescence and early adulthood.'  (Introduction)

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