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Father’s Day Family Stories

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we started thinking about those big sprawling novels that encompass multigenerational extended families. The type of novel that is filled with emotion, depth, complexity and love. Here are six stories of fictional families that have us looking deeply into the window of our shared family experiences.

The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison

Set against the wild beauty of Montana as a woman attempts to heal from a devastating accident, this generational saga is a heartfelt examination of how the deep bonds of family echo throughout our lives.

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

An American masterpiece and iconic novel of the West by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner--a deeply moving narrative of one family and the traditions of our national past.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street. Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone--and some return; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house's fate and to reckon with how their past haunts--and shapes--their future.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

A sweeping, emotionally riveting novel that’s an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

How much can a family forgive? Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous and generous portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The acclaimed, bestselling author tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

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