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Book Riot's 100 Must-Read Generational and Family Novels

Whether famous or fictional, reading about quirky/weird/mysterious kith and kin gives readers the ultimate voyeuristic peek into the secret anatomy of a family. When an author has the opportunity in a novel or a book to paint a cast of characters over a long period of time, they're able to plant family mysteries; unveil flaws that are passed down from ancestors to descendants; and slowly unravel secrets held tight for generations. These things, either combined or on their own, create great plot twists and reveal to us truths about our own dysfunctional families that we are too ashamed to admit.
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Commonwealth (Ann Patchett)
Commonwealth (Ann Patchett)
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The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
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A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler)
A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler)
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East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
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Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
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Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcí­A Márquez)
100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcí­A Márquez)
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We Were the Mulvaneys (Joyce Carol Oates)
We Were the Mulvaneys (Joyce Carol Oates)
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Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)
Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)
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Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
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We Had It So Good (Linda Grant)
We Had It So Good (Linda Grant)
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Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
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The Moor's Last Sigh (Salman Rushdie)
The Moor's Last Sigh (Salman Rushdie)
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Bone (Fae Myenne Ng)
Bone (Fae Myenne Ng)
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The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
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The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
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Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
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In Babylon (Marcel Moring)
In Babylon (Marcel Moring)
20
The Romanov Sisters (Helen Rapparport)
The Romanov Sisters (Helen Rapparport)
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Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
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The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
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I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
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Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
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Family Matters (Rohinton Mistry)
Family Matters (Rohinton Mistry)
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Roots (Alex Haley)
Roots (Alex Haley)
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The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
28
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
29
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
30
Chesapeake (James Michener)
Chesapeake (James Michener)
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The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
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Anywhere but Here (Mona Simpson)
Anywhere but Here (Mona Simpson)
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Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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Brooklyn (Colm Toibin)
Brooklyn (Colm Toibin)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
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The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
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Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)
Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)
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