You Belong Here is the debut novel for Laurie Steed. It deals with a dysfunctional family, where the man leaves his wife and children, who are respectively bitter and angry, growing up with misguided ideas about relationships and love.
A tragedy causes further impact for one of the boys, and he spirals further into despair.
It shows what can happen when people who really shouldn’t be together, get married and have children, and the effect it has on all of them. The next generation doesn’t learn from their parents’ mistakes and fall into similar patterns. It is a family ‘guided by trauma’ from which they never really heal from.
It is a grim book, not pulling any punches, but rings true, and does have a satisfactory and more optimistic ending.