You Belong Here
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.
About the Book
‘In You Belong Here, Laurie Steed brings us the Slaters, a family with all the dysfunction of an Anne Tyler novel, but with a distinctively Australian feel. At times I felt transported back to my teenage self—music blaring, face buried in a pillow, overcome with heartache, but also rather enjoying myself.’
MELANIE CHENG, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
‘Laurie Steed is a master at conveying relationships that could be real to any of us, writing with depth, nuance, and subtlety. A beautiful read that will make these people as real to you as your own family.’
LES ZIG, author, Just Another Week in Suburbia
Reviews and Press
‘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…..’ Australian Book Review.
‘It’s funny, sad, sensual and deeply real.’ writingWA,
‘Without doubt, Steed is a talent to watch.’ Books+Publishing
‘A little gem.’ Herald Sun,
‘We’ll be hearing Steed’s name plenty more in the future.’ The AU Review
Book Spotlight by Emily Paull.
‘Steed has compressed an incredible story between these two covers,’ Read Sam van Sweden’s full review.
‘It’s a rewarding novel-in-stories, capturing both Generation X and Perth in phases of their life now lost.Nathan Hobby’s review can be read here.
Interview with Amanda Curtin for her blog series 2,2 and 2. Read the full interview here.
Laurie was feature on the ANZ LitLovers LitBlog series ‘Debut Mondays.’
Breakfast interview with Caitlin on RTRFM 92.1. Listen to the full interview here.