Family sagas

The Paper Palace

The Paper Palace

Miranda Cowley Heller

A magnificent literary debut about the myriad loves that make up a life

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Where The Fruit Falls

Where The Fruit Falls

Karen Wyld

An ancient ocean roars under the red dirt. Hush. Be still for just a moment. Hear its thunder-ing waves crashing on unseen shores.

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Believe in Me

Lucy Neave

An unforgettable and profound novel about three generations of one family and the healing power of understanding where you've come from.

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The Mountains Sing: Runner-up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Mountains Sing: Runner-up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

An intimate, stirring portrait of a country at war and a family's battle to survive

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The Country of Others

The Country of Others

Leila Slimani

The first volume of a new trilogy telling the saga of one French family between 1946 and 2016.

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 Read reviewThe Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two very different worlds - one black and one white.

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Florence Adler Swims Forever

Florence Adler Swims Forever

Rachel Beanland

Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan's Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl, Beanland's family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect...

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China Room

Sunjeev Sahota

A multigenerational novel of love, oppression, trauma and the pursuit of freedom, inspired in part by the author's own family history, China Room twines together the stories of a woman and a man separated by more than half a...

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Song of the Crocodile

Nardi Simpson

A captivating Australian saga from the winner of the 2018 black&write! fellowship.   

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The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole...

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 Read reviewThe Island of Missing Trees

The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak

An unforgettable new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

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 Read reviewThe Eighth Life (For Brilka)

The Eighth Life (For Brilka)

Nino Haratischvili, Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin

At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is...

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 Read reviewHarlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle

Colson Whitehead

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

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Lucky’s

Andrew Pippos

An exuberant, magical Australian saga of family, love and second chances.

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White Teeth

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, this book is...

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Pachinko

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee

A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.     

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Unsheltered

Barbara Kingsolver

A testament to the power and goodness of the human spirit, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build, crossing time and place to give us all a little more hope in those around us, and a little more faith in ourselves.

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 Read reviewThe Book of Dirt

The Book of Dirt

Bram Presser

An extraordinary and absorbing novelisation of one family's tale of Holocaust survival and a grandson's unrelenting dedication to ensuring his ancestor's stories will never be forgotten, is now available in a smaller competitively...

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Carpentaria

Carpentaria

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is one of Australia's finest Aboriginal writers. Carpentaria is her second novel, an epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland, from where her people come. The novel's portrait of life in the...

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The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits

Isabel Allende

As a girl, Clara del Valle can read fortunes, make objects move as if they had lives of their own, and predict the future. Following the mysterious death of her sister, Rosa the Beautiful, Clara is mute for nine years.

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 Read reviewA Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments...

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 Read reviewRuins

Ruins

Rajith Savanadasa

In the bustling streets, overcrowded hospitals and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

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Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

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Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

For use in schools and libraries only. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

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The Namesake

The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri

`The Namesake' is the story of a boy brought up Indian in America.

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East of Eden

East of Eden

Mr John Steinbeck

Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this title follows the interwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the...

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The Corrections

The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen

From the author of 'Freedom', a richly realistic and darkly hilarious masterpiece about a family breakdown in an age of easy fixes.

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The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart’s Invisible Furies

John Boyne

'By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad, this is a novelist at the top of his game.' Mail on SundayForced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at...

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Middlesex

Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides

'I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974.'

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Thorn Birds

Thorn Birds

Colleen McCullough

The bestselling Australian novel of all time, Thorn Birds is the sweeping saga of three generations of the Cleary family.    

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One Hundred Years of Solitude: Popular Penguins

One Hundred Years of Solitude: Popular Penguins

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This magical realist novel tells the history of the Buendias family, the founders of Macondo, a remote South American settlement. In the world of the novel there is a Spanish galleon beached in the jungle, a flying carpet, and an...

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot, Rosemary Ashton

Features Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfilment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; and the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift...

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