14. October 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: Life

I’ve been thinking about families this week. I just finished an excellent book called This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman that tells the story of one family’s struggles after their teenage son makes a huge mistake (I’ll write more about the book later). I started thinking about how much I love reading about family dynamics and about how fascinating and unique each family is, not only real-life families, but fictional families as well. Some of my most memorable and thought-provoking reads have been novels about families. This week’s Pryday question is:

What are your favorite family sagas?

My most recent favorite novels that center on families are Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, a novel that explores the relationship between two Chinese immigrant sisters,  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, a tale of twin brothers growing up in Ethiopia and Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson about two sisters and their shifting family loyalties.

How about you? What are your favorite family sagas?


  1. marquez 100 years I really like ,all the best stu

  2. Oh too many! Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family, and the Finch family (To Kill a Mockingbird), and the Emerson family (Elizabeth Peters), and the Vorkosigan family (Lois Bujold), and the Palliser family (Trollope), and the family Duncan & Gemma are building in Deborah Crombie’s books. I love family sagas stretching over multiple books (obviously!)

  3. I enjoyed Cutting for Stone too and I also have a copy of Shanghai Girls from the library at the moment, so I’m glad to hear you liked that one! My favourite author of family sagas is Susan Howatch – I loved her books Penmarric and The Wheel of Fortune and keep meaning to re-read them sometime.

  4. I loved John Galsworhy’s Forsyte Saga and Rosamunde Pilcher’s family sagas. Also Winston Graham’s Poldark books, set in Cornwall.

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