All in the Family: A Book List

Family dynamics drive the plot.

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

The First Rule in Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic

“Magdalena does not panic when she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. A free-spirit, Jadranka has always been prone to mysterious absences. But when weeks pass with no word, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where their family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war.”

This is Where I leave You by Johnathan Tropper

The Blessings by Elise Juska

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

“Jane Austen’s beloved Sense and Sensibility has moved to Westport, Connecticut, in this enchanting modern-day homage to the classic novel.


In Schine’s story, sisters Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, quite unexpectedly find themselves the middle-aged products of a broken home. Dumped by her husband of nearly fifty years and then exiled from their elegant New York apartment by his mistress, Betty is forced to move to a small, run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. Joining her are Miranda and Annie, who dutifully comes along to keep an eye on her capricious mother and sister. As the sisters mingle with the suburban aristocracy, love starts to blossom for both of them, and they find themselves struggling with the dueling demands of reason and romance.”

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Little Women by Katharine Weber

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

“They are the Pipers of Cape Breton Island — a family steeped in lies and unspoken truths that reach out from the past, forever mindful of the tragic secret that could shatter the family to its foundations. Chronicling five generations of this eccentric clan, Fall On Your Knees follows four remarkable sisters whose lives are filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. Their experiences will take them from their stormswept homeland, across the battlefields of World War I, to the freedom and independence of Jazz-era New York City.”


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