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All in the Family: Multigenerational Novels

All in the Family: Multigenerational Novels

Posted by Emma on August 16, 2021

Immerse yourself in a fictional family saga, a chance to read and follow along with the lives of a family across time and space. The following list includes sweeping tales of multigenerational stories all about heritage and legacy.  All books listed below are available in physical copies at BMPL, as well as online using Libby/OverDrive. 

The O'Briens by Peter Behrens Joe O'Brien is coming of age in a new century in remote Pontiac County, Quebec, with his wife, brothers and sisters by his side. Spanning the construction of the Canadian railroad as well as both world wars, this novel mirrors the scope and sweep of what Wilfrid Laurier calls "Canada's Century." Tragic, romantic, and as vivid as the novel that preceded it, The O'Briens is an epic of great heart, imagination, and narrative force. Place a Hold

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi a novel about race, history, ancestry, love and time, charting the course of two sisters torn apart in 18th century Africa through to the present day. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the intricacies of the troubled yet hopeful human spirit. Place a Hold

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee A story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history. Place a Hold

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides The story of Cal or Calliope Stephanides, a comic epic of a family’s American life, and the expansive history of a gene travelling down through time, starting with a rare genetic mutation. The first sentence reads “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. Place a Hold

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini This multigenerational-family story revolving around brothers and sisters, it is an emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. With profound wisdom, insight and compassion, Hosseini demonstrates once again his deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives--and of what it means to be human. Place a Hold

One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez, Gabriel The story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women--brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul--this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction. Place a Hold

The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams Spanning nearly a century, from 1930s Siberia to contemporary Brighton Beach, a page turning, epic family saga centering on three generations of women in one Russian Jewish family--each striving to break free of fate and history, each yearning for love and personal fulfillment--and how the consequences of their choices ripple through time. Place a Hold

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombado In this complex family drama, full of long-buried family secrets, Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, they have four radically different daughters, each in a state of unrest. When an old secret comes to light, the family will be forced to reckon with the rich and varied tapestry of their past. Place a Hold

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough One of the most beloved novels of all time, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough's sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback, returns to enthrall a new generation. Place a Hold

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