Book and Families

Man, family. It can be beautiful; it can be brutal. Meant to be unconditional —. There’s the family you’re born into and the family you can find. It’s such a complicated—- and I love books that —.

Two new releases that got me thinking about — are

11 Books That Dig Into Those Family Dynamics

  •  Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
    • What happens when a wealthy New England family loses all their money?
  •  East of Eden
    • Generations explore the nature of good and evil. This Orange Penguin edition is beautiful.
  •  The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Meddlestone
    • On a much lighter note, I found this fairytale adventure inspired story to be so much and I loved getting to meet all of Bronte’s eccentric family members along her journey.
  •  Little Big Love
    • So much heart and humor in this beautiful exploration of a family and their grief. Bonus points if you enjoy a precocious child.
  •  This Is How It Always Is
    • This is the book I would probably state for having changed my way of thinking the most. The family in this is beautiful.
  •  The Shell Seekers
    • The unfolding of three generations and the most charming of British cottages, if you’re into that sort of thing. Ignore the ugly cover, this one is a keeper.
  • The Priory
    • Dorothy Whipple is one of my favorite writers that Persephone Books has chosen to republish and this story thoughtfully explores the roles of women at that time through the family dynamics of two daughters on the cusp of adulthood, the young woman their father remarries, and their unmarried aunt.
  •  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
    • So many complex outcomes of what happens with family along with poignant exploration the struggles of being African American, jail, eating disorders, emotional abuse, and so much more. Layered and reflective.
  •  The Light Years
    • A sprawling story of a large English family right before World War 2 that seemingly discusses anything and everything.
  •  Eventown
    • This middle grade dystopian book surprised me when it ended up being a really compelling depiction of how people handle grief.
  • Nevemoor
    • I also really love a good found family and the family that Morrigan Crow gains in this one is full of wonderfully quirky characters. If you haven’t read this series yet, please do yourself a favor and pick it up right away!
I know there are so many more out there because, well, family is everywhere and a topic that can —

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