FPLD Family Sagas Fiction
Annotation:This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Annotation:Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Her husband, Alfred, is losing his battle with Parkinson's disease, and their children are experiencing varied problems. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to plunge into an affair with a married man.
Annotation:Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister, Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.
Annotation:This luminous story follows three generations of Swedish women--a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter--whose lives are linked through a century of great love and great loss.
Annotation:At the end of a long life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do.
Annotation:The family chronicle centers on five generations of descendants of José Arcadio Buendía and his wife Ursula, who sometime early in the 19th century founded the village of Macondo on a river of clear water somewhere in South America.
Annotation:Willa Jackson of Water, North Carolina, has lately learned that an old classmate--socialite Paxton Osgood--of the prominent Osgood family, has restored her family's Blue Ridge Madam home to its former glory. But when a skeleton, found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property is found, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families.
Annotation:A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth,"Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family.
Annotation:Against the breathtaking backdrop of Appalachia comes a rich, multilayered post—Civil War saga of three generations of families–their dreams, their downfalls, and their faith
Annotation:Recently freed Bette Mayfield leaves her family home Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation off the South Carolina for Charleston. She and her granddaughter become fortune-teller and seamstress. The Mayfield line will grow and experience the watershed events of America's vibrant history.
Annotation:Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with wealthy Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then invites Charles to dinner after his teddy bear Aloysius 'refuses to talk to him' unless he is forgiven. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian's family, Catholic peers in Protestant England. The story is told in flashback as Charles, now an officer in the British Army, is moved with his company to an English country house that he discovers to be Brideshead, Sebastian's family home.
Annotation:It chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naive young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons. It is a sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons.
Annotation:The changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty is portrayed. The protagonist is George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of developers, financiers, and manufacturers, this pampered scion begins his gradual descent from the midwestern aristocracy to the working class.
Annotation:The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him -- although that certainly helped -- it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.
Annotation:It vividly describes the life of the Trueba family, spanning four generations, and tracing the post-colonial social and political upheavals of the Latin American country they live in. The story is told mainly from the perspective of two protagonists (Esteban and Alba).
Annotation:Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families