Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Here’s how it works: Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic for each Tuesday. If you check this link, you’ll find she’s assigned topics for several future weeks so you can plan ahead. She adds, “create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list . . . Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you!”
Each week Jana posts a Linky on her blog where you can (if you want) share a link to your post and check out other bloggers’ posts.
Today’s assigned topic is a freebie related to school. But I’ve decided to go off on a tangent that will help me set up my next reading project.
School is the second place where children become socialized. But the first place is home. Home is where we begin to learn how to interact with the people around us and how we fit into that social group. At home we first learn what behavior is expected of us and what behavior is frowned upon or forbidden. Home is where we begin to develop our self-concept, our idea of who we are and how we fit in.
Life Stories in Literature
we are what we remember
inside vs. outside stories
hidden identities & secrets
creating/controlling one’s own narrative
alternate life options
turning points/life decisions
when/how lives intersect
multiple points of view
change your story, change your life
And home is at the heart of much of the fiction that I most like to read. Novels that treat both the joys and the sorrows that spring from family can give us insight into our own hearts and minds. And the bigger the family, the better.
“in the context of a novel, family drama is often too delicious to dismiss. Deep-rooted tradition, scarring emotional cycles, and, of course, secrets upon dirty secrets make for a riveting read no matter the actual plot. Add a multigenerational layer to the genre and sprinkle in some to-be-expected comedic family interactions, and you’re likely not leaving the couch for a few days as you turn pages.”— Chris Gaudio
I’ve loved many such big, meaty, intergenerational family sagas over my reading life, and I’ve listed and talked about those books a lot on Notes in the Margin. This list comprise books I haven’t yet read or reviewed on the blog.
Here, then, are seven multigenerational family dramas on my TBR list + three I’ve read in the past but have not reviewed here. Because I haven’t reviewed any of these books yet, the links below are to the Goodreads summary of each one.
Have you read any of these books? If you have, tell me about them in the comments. And I look forward to perusing your Top Ten Tuesday list for this week.
Multigenerational Family Dramas on My TBR List
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Multigenerational Novels I Have Read but Not Reviewed
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
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