Belong to Me
In de los Santos' second novel ("Love Walked In", 2006) having moved out of New York City after the double whammy of a miscarriage and 9/11, Cornelia finds herself a shunned outsider among the community's perfect blond matrons. Particularly unwelcoming is her tightly wound neighbour Piper, who is... show more
In de los Santos' second novel ("Love Walked In", 2006) having moved out of New York City after the double whammy of a miscarriage and 9/11, Cornelia finds herself a shunned outsider among the community's perfect blond matrons. Particularly unwelcoming is her tightly wound neighbour Piper, who is as sharp-tongued as she is judgmental about fashion, flowers and childrearing. Cornelia does begin a fledgling friendship with another newcomer, Lake, a waitress who has moved from California to enroll her genius 13-year-old son Dev in a special school after his previous school punished him for being too smart. Dev suspects there might be more to the move, that Lake may be moving them closer to the mystery father he's never met. As much as Cornelia likes Lake, she senses Lake holding back at crucial moments and responds in kind. Meanwhile, Piper turns out to be a far more complicated woman than she seems on the surface. She drops everything (but her children) to care for her best friend Elizabeth, who's in the last stages of cancer. By the time Cornelia succeeds in becoming pregnant, she and Piper have grown surprisingly close, each opening her heart a little to the other. Days after Elizabeth dies, Piper's husband leaves her and she finds herself an outcast for continuing her (platonic) involvement with Elizabeth's mourning husband and children. In another development, Dev stumbles on the truth Lake has been hiding and learns the identity of his father. The father is stunned; Cornelia is devastated; and oh-so-sensitive, intelligent Dev is furious.
Publish date: April 1st 2008
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
A continuation of her first novel, Love Walked In, this book had some pretty deep issues going on, a big shocker, and a lot of family goings-on. Cornelia is back, now married to Teo, continuing a relationship with Clare, when they move to the suburbs and meet all sorts of new people. It seems to be ...
I'm still processing the book. One thing about Marisa's books...she sort of weaves everything together in a very unconventional way. You get a Happily Ever After, but it's kind of bittersweet. She doesn't give something without having something first sacrificed for the happiness. Just like with ...
Absolutely loved this. Wonderful, lyrical, heart-rending, the story switches between point of views with graceful ease. I must have been too awed by the writing to notice the hints, and when the big twist in the story came I was completely knocked off with surprise. Marisa de los Santos makes you wi...
Wow - I felt the writing style in this book was phenomenal. I guess she is a poet by trade, and has only written two novels. I loved the characters she came up with, faulty as they were. All were so full of life and personality. I really enjoyed being a part of their lives. In fact, there wasn'...