Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 3, 2018

A generation X family chronicle: You Belong Here (2018), by Laurie Steed

Nathan Hobby reviews Laurie Steed’s You Belong Here

Nathan Hobby, a biographer in Perth


My friend Laurie Steed’s debut, You Belong Here, has just been published. It stretches from 1972 to 2015, beginning when two baby boomers fall in love and finishing with a poignant epilogue chapter from their first grandchild, but at its heart it’s a novel about Generation X, that forgotten generation that no-one seems to have talked about since the nineties. He-man toys in childhood, PJ Harvey on the stereo; reading it is a welcome respite from an internet world as the three Slater children – Alex, Emily, Jay – grow up on lolly bags at the deli, cricket and VHS at the end of the twentieth century.

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  1. […] Emily Paull is a former-bookseller and future librarian from Perth who writes short stories and historical fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies as well as Westerly journal. When she’s not writing, she can often be found with her nose in a book. Her debut collection Well-Behaved Women was edited by WA Premier’s Book Award shortlistee Laurie Steed (whose name you will know because of Nathan Hobby’s review here). […]


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