A Place For Us

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Liza Gyllenhaal is ?a gifted new writer?* who?s captivated readers with her talent for ?plumb[ing] the complexity of human emotions.?** Now she delivers a piercing new novel about the secrets and lies that could shatter a close-knit family?

Brook Bostock has led a privileged life. The daughter of an extremely wealthy and prominent family, she married the man of her dreams and is raising two deeply loved children. But her happy home is shattered when a neighborhood teenager is ...

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Liza Gyllenhaal is “a gifted new writer”* who’s captivated readers with her talent for “plumb[ing] the complexity of human emotions.”** Now she delivers a piercing new novel about the secrets and lies that could shatter a close-knit family…

Brook Bostock has led a privileged life. The daughter of an extremely wealthy and prominent family, she married the man of her dreams and is raising two deeply loved children. But her happy home is shattered when a neighborhood teenager is assaulted during a night of drinking with the Bostocks' son and his prep school friends.

The scandal receives national attention—not only because of Brook’s family name, but because of the lawsuit looming against Brook and her husband, Michael, that alleges they are responsible for what went on in their house. Suddenly the small Massachusetts town they call home seems to be turning against them, revealing the simmering jealousies and resentments that have been lurking under the surface all along.

With their once-perfect family in danger of falling apart, Brook and Michael must find a way to get through this together—or risk losing everything they love…  

*Ben Sherwood, author of Charlie St. Cloud
**Katherine Davis, author of A Slender Thread

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Praise for the novels of Liza Gyllenhaal

“With sensitivity and compassion, she creates characters that will pull at your heart…A truly believable and compelling story.”—Katherine Davis, author of A Slender Thread

“A bighearted debut.” —The Miami Herald

“Gripping and deeply perceptive.”—Ben Sherwood, author of Charlie St. Cloud

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451239235
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 700,314
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Liza Gyllenhaal

Liza Gyllenhaal is the author of Local Knowledge and So Near. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and the Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit her website: www.lizagyllenhaal.com

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    Rich privileged girl meets poor boy they fall in love, get marri

    Rich privileged girl meets poor boy they fall in love, get married, have two kids, get a dog and live in a pretty picturesque town. Sounds perfect, it was perfect until the threads of that life slowly get pulled out of the fabric of their lives. Brook Bostock has always deep down worried that maybe Michael had married her for her money, but when her friend shares a long kept secret her insecurities resurface. As she swallows her new information, the world she has created begins to crumble.




    Brooke and Michael are away for the night. A teenage girl is assaulted in their home after a night of teenage drinking. Their son Liam is the accused. But he isn't the only one being held responsible, so are the Bostocks because it was their home. The scandal gets national attention because of Brooks family name. Her family believes this gives them the right to tell her what to do. The town she has grown to love begins to show signs of jealousy.




    Having been sent away to a private prep school, Liam is dealing with his own demons. Can this family find a way through this together, or is it all too much. The more you read the more family secrets revealed.




    A Place for Us, has numerous points of view, which I think really allows the reader to gain greater feelings for each of the characters. There is also a number of flashbacks. I found most of the flashbacks to be useful, but sometimes I'd be confused and then figure out oh this is a flashback.




    This for me was one of those books for me that didn't grab me right away. I read the first few chapters and they were good. The whole book reads very quickly and easily. Then the novel started to grab me a little. I really liked Liam and Phoebe. I really liked their story, what they were each going through. I kept reading along and got to know Michael a little more and knew he was hiding something, but WHAT? I really wasn't sure why, but I didn't care for Brooke through most of the novel. She was just so focused on Liam being innocent and to get things to move on she was ignoring so much around her.




    Like I was saying the book didn't grab me at first, but as I got deeper into the story the more I wanted to read. The more I wanted to read the story got better and better until I had to finish. If you are looking to curl up with a good novel this weekend, this is a perfect pick. I'm recommending it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    Brook Bostock has a pretty nice life. She has an adoring husband

    Brook Bostock has a pretty nice life. She has an adoring husband, two great kids, a successful business, and coming from a life of privilege, no financial worries. The family has moved from the hustle and bustle of New York City to a small town in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and everything looks good. That all changes, however, when three boys, one girl, and a lot of alcohol come together in their home.




    Brook and her husband Michael go out overnight, the same night that her son Liam is coming home from boarding school. He is being dropped off by his friend Carey and Carey’s older brother Brandon. At home awaiting her big brother’s arrival is Tilly and her babysitter, Phoebe. Phoebe and the Bostocks go way back, with Phoebe being considered a member of the family. The teen babysitter also has a bit of a crush on Liam. When Liam comes home drunk, he doesn’t do much more than fall asleep. Unfortunately, Brandon has other ideas and gets very rough with Phoebe. Brandon had been encouraged, in part, by Liam who lied to him and said Phoebe was “easy.” Liam thought this would impress this popular boy, whom he desperately wanted to impress, but instead it backfired when Brandon attacked Phoebe. The girl manages to escape, but the next day all hell breaks out when her father sees the bruises on her body.




    When Phoebe's father confronts her, she claims, in retaliation for the lie Liam told, that it was Liam who attacked her. Liam goes along with the lie and the two teens continue to lie while a flock of lawyers start to circle, smelling blood and lots of money. With a “Social Host Liability” law in Massachusetts that imposes a liability on hosts as a result of alcohol being served to minors, whether or not the adults are present/aware of the alcohol, the well-to-do Bostocks are set to lose a lot of money, friends, and perhaps, their marriage.




    It doesn't take long to get involved with the story of the Bostock’s, their confused, lost son and a very hurt young woman. It is also easy to get angry with both Liam and Phoebe, wondering if they’d ever tell the truth. As the story progressed, the tensions between Brook and Michael increased, and the heartache and distress that the lawsuit was causing was palatable. Told from the viewpoint of the four main characters, the text switched back and forth between speakers frequently. While that worked well, the author also chose to frequently switch between present and past, to give glimpses of each character’s past. While interesting, it did break up the flow of the story and slowed the pace. Overall, however, A Place for Us is a book that keeps the reader intriqued.




    Quill says: A fast, good read that shows just how quickly life can spiral out of control.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    Brook Bostock wonders in the back of her mind whether her husban

    Brook Bostock wonders in the back of her mind whether her husband, Michael, married her for love or for her family’s money. Both are deeply in love with each other after fifteen years of marriage. They moved back to Michael’s hometown but his family has never really accepted her, believing her penchant for entertaining extravagantly is showing off. In reality, it’s a part of the successful business she and her friend have developed over the years. Now the very foundations of their life are about to be challenged big time.
    Their son, Liam, has always been close to a girl Phoebe. One night he arrives with his friend Brandon and Carey, who are brothers. All have been drinking way too much and Phoebe is sexually attacked by one of them. Her parents, especially her father Troy, are more than outraged when they see the bruises on her body and promise to bring legal action. Phoebe initially in a moment of anger at something Liam said, a terrible betrayal of their relationship, accuses the attacker and rumors begin to fly. The town is a rumor mill that demands retribution from Brook and Michael, holding them responsible for the terrible events of that night.
    The novel continues to depict the quandary about who is to blame, parental responsibilities, and the attitude of those who believe the wealthy can buy their way out of any illegality or immorality. To say more would be a spoiler, but suffice to say there’s no guessing the outcome. The pages fly and the intensity deepen over an issue that is timeless and has happened to more than one unfortunate family, wealthy or not. Liza Gyllenhaal is a writer to note well as she definitely knows how to craft not only the central issue but also the teenage angst of those who have failed and are trying to find enough self-worth to surmount their greatest weakness. Self-identity is the essence of the characters’ struggles and its true definition and evolution. Very nicely done, Liza Gyllenhaal!


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

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    An author you will want to follow

    This was my first book by Lisa and look forward to reading her previous books. She does an outstanding job of setting up the characters and this small town where you get to know all the players and setting.

    First, the front cover is a huge draw as with the snow setting which is very inviting.This novel is for parents as well as teens. This is a reminder parents do not always know their teens as well as they think they do. Teens also need to be reminded their actions have consequences which can affect many people. A story of lies and cover ups, and secrets from the privileged and wealthy to the poor.

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

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    A PLACE FOR US by Lisa Gyllenhaal is an interesting Women's fict

    A PLACE FOR US by Lisa Gyllenhaal is an interesting Women's fiction/Psychological fiction set in a small Massachusetts town. It is told in four parts from the point of view of four characters,two of which are teenagers. Intertwined with underage drinking,tragedy,secrets,physical abuse,longing to belong,and the lies that can tear apart a family as well as a small close knit town. Written about complex social issues,as well as small towns,very compassionate and realistic. A very compelling,gripping story from the start to the last page. "A Place For Us" is a complex story that grips you from the start and holds you there. If you enjoy Women's Fiction,and Social issue reads than this is a story for you. But be aware you may need a tissue or two. Received for an honest review from the publisher.


    RATING:4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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