WHERE WE BELONG IS A VERY TOUCHING TALE ABOUT LIVING AND DEALING WITH AN AUTISTIC CHILD. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ANGIE AND HER MOM ARE AT THE END OF THEIR ROPE AND FEEL THEY MUST PLACE SOPHIE IN A HOME BUT THEY NEVER WANT TO GIVE UP HOPE. BECAUSE OF SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING, THEY ARE THROWN OUT ON THE STREET BY THEIR AUNT WHO JUST CAN’T TAKE IT ANY LONGER. THEY ARE LITERALLY HOMELESS UNTIL ANGIE BEFRIENDS A NEIGHBOR, PAUL WHO OWNS A HUGE GREAT DANE THAT PACIFIES SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING! ANGIE CONVINCES HER MOM TO FOLLOW PAUL TO THE MOUNTAINS WHERE HE MOVES IN HIS RETIREMENT. PAUL ENDS UP NEEDING ANGIE’S HELP WITH WALKING THE DOG WHICH ALLOWS SOPHIE TO BE WITH THE DOG AND REMAIN PACIFIED. THEN PAUL’S BROTHER FALLS ILL AND ANGIE IS ASKED TO CARE FOR THE DOG AND WATCH THE HOUSE. PAUL COMES OUT OF HIS GRUMPY SHELL AND EVENTUALLY ALLOWS ANGIE AND HER FAMILY TO LIVE IN HIS GARAGE APARTMENT WHERE THERE ARE STILL OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME BUT THEY FINALLY SETTLE INTO A ROUTINE. YOU’LL LOVE THIS STORY.
Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare.”
Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness… again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder, and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long.
Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge black Great Dane who changes everything. Sophie falls in love immediately, and begins to imitate the “inside of the dog,” which, fortunately, is a calm place. The shrieking stops. Everybody begins to breathe again. Until Paul Inverness, the dog’s grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves to the mountains, and it all begins again.
Much to Angie’s humiliation, when they’re thrown out of Aunt Vi’s house, Angie’s mom moves the family to the mountains after Paul and his dog. There, despite a fifty-year difference in their ages, Angie and Paul form a deep friendship, the only close friendship either has known. Angie is able to talk to him about growing up gay, and Paul trusts Angie with his greatest secret, his one dream. When the opportunity arrives, Angie decides to risk everything to help Paul’s dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home—the only thing she’s dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she can never be thrown out. A place she can feel she belongs.
By the bestselling author of DON’T LET ME GO, WHEN I FOUND YOU, and WALK ME HOME, WHERE WE BELONG is a poignant, heartfelt, and uplifting story about finding your place in the world, no matter how impossible it seems.
“Hyde has a sure touch with affairs of the heart.”
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