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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442145196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442145191
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,249,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The life of Patrick Dilloway has been far less exciting and compli-cated than that of Frost Devereaux. Patrick grew up in the small town of Laporte, Michigan, where much of his family still resides. He graduated from Midland High School and then Saginaw Valley State University with an accounting degree. He still lives in Michigan, where he writes novels such as this when not chained to his desk, balancing debits and credits.

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The life of Patrick Dilloway has been far less exciting and complicated than that of Frost Devereaux. Patrick grew up in the small town of Laporte, Michigan, where much of his family still resides. He graduated from Midland High School and then Saginaw Valley State University with an accounting degree. He still lives in Michigan, where he writes novels such as this when not chained to his desk, balancing debits and credits.

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These things are mainly handled in great fashion.
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The true mark of an exceptional book is when the reader hates to see it end.
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Overall an interesting read that I highly recommend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PE on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I say "taking me by surprise" only because I didn't expect it to be such a good read. I've read a ton of John Irving, and I have to say that this story is definitely on par with his. The kind of stories that you're washed along with and though they have their down (read: sad) moments, they're balanced by all other moments--as it is in real life.

In a way, I'm almost upset that it's as good as it is, as I've just received this book that I've been wanting to read for such a long time (found a good deal), but I can't--and don't want to--put Mr. Dilloway's down. But on the flipside, I am rather glad that it has a nice length to it: gives me an opportunity to savor it a bit. That other book will be there waiting for me; I just hope when I'm done with this one, I won't want more of it. Complete sincerity when I say you will not be disappointed. Well worth the price I see listed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Potts on June 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Where You Belong is the story of Frost Devereaux, a writer, named for the nurse who brought him into the world. From tragic beginnings to his formative years and beyond, we are taken on a journey of love and loss, exploring his relationship with both Frankie, the love of his life, and her brother, Frank, who is there to pick up the pieces when she breaks Frost's heart. But who will Frost choose in the end?

This book made me care about the characters like old friends, and kept me intrigued right to the very end. I will be looking forward to reading Patrick Dilloway's next novel.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Good Book Alert on May 26, 2014
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I liked the main character Frost early in the story. Frost starts out in life with some problems. His mother dies in an accident which also leaves him scarred at an early age. His deadbeat father leaves and for a lot of the story Frost just goes about not really having a place in life, so he goes along with some friends that are rich and pretty much take him in. I liked him early in the story considering his background. He also pines for the almost crazy woman Frankie who is completely bad for him, but this is realistic because people often pine for someone they can't have or even shouldn't have. One of the themes in this book is basically about the struggles of people who have trouble fitting into society. This is also a character story where you read about several people with unusual things about them, but on the other had they are very realistic. Some of the characters are gay and gay issues are confronted in the book. Overall an interesting read that I highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Rhodes TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2013
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Upon first beginning, "Where You Belong," I was quite entranced by the main character and his backstory. Frost is instantly sympathetic. The book opens in such a way that you realize you're in for something of a treat. By that I mean, the first few moments are delightfully funny, witty and charming. A tone that stays consistent through nearly the entire book. It is overall a pretty fun (albeit somewhat long) read. There is a hint of John Irving here in a lot of ways including the absent parent, bizarre accidents and sexual variations. Fans of such John Irving books as The World According to Garp, A Widow for One Year and The Hotel New Hampshire are sure to find a lot to like about Patrick Dilloway's book.

Frost is a young child who has been scarred for life. Both literally and figuratively. After being involved in a tragic car accident that takes the life of his mother and leaves him with a scar on his face he seems to be forever out of place wherever he goes. As such he is something of a curiosity to those he encounters. Likewise, he is instantly sympathetic to the reader. Particularly once we learn about his father and his mother and who they were, and the life that Frost lives during childhood. When Frost goes to Kindergarden and the other students frighten him, he is quickly befriended by Frankie and Frank, who accept him and love him for who he is (or so we hope). The story then proceeds to span three decades of Frost life as he meets one new interesting face after another, and pines for the affections of Frankie, while getting himself involved in other unusual relationships and friendships along the way.

There are a lot of things tackled in Where You Belong. Chief among them are big themes facing the gay community at large.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beth messner on February 4, 2013
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Im about half way through, but I do like his personal views of the characters. Reminds me alot of John Irving, style, mixing trajedy and emotions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By modxxii on May 20, 2012
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I really loved this book. It's well written, the pace is good and all the characters are vivid. The novel is certainly inspired to Irving classic novels (like hotel new hampshire) and it shares a lot of Irving main topics (death, sex, car accident, etc.). But also the novel has his own story and believe me... it's a wonderful and moving story. Buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Sirois on August 29, 2010
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A smooth read... a bit on the long side, but Dilloway has a knack for pulling the rug out from under the reader's expectations at well-calculated times. His style is clear and polished. I just kept turning the pages and enjoying myself. Frost Deveraux is an interesting and complex character who receives some hard knocks but never descends into self-pity. All of Dilloway's characters are well-rounded, from the mute Mrs. Gallery to the boisterous Guy LeClair. Watch this author.
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