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There’s a Book for That: Perfect Families

This week Celeste Ng’s hotly anticipated novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, was published and reviews have been outstanding. It’s a #1 Library Reads pick as well as Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club’s (@RWBookClub) next pick!

The idea of the “perfect family”, as depicted in the novel, brought to mind other novels of seemingly perfect families that are more complex and troubled than appearances would have it. Here are some books that adhere to Tolstoy’s adage: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”   FEATURED TITLES   Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgLITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng From the New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a beautiful novel set in meticulously planned Shaker Heights, that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives   Ordinary People by Judith GuestORDINARY PEOPLE by Judith Guest In Ordinary People, Judith Guest’s remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain, and ultimate healing.   The Girl Who Slept with God by Val BrelinskiTHE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD: A NOVEL by Val Brelinski Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinski’s powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mother’s depression and Grace’s religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.   Family Linen by Lee SmithFAMILY LINEN by Lee Smith A shocking memory from Sybill Hess’ past threatens to upend everything she thinks she knows about herself and her family. But is it even real?     The Admissions by Meg Mitchell MooreTHE ADMISSIONS by Meg Mitchell Moore The Admissions is an emotionally complex yet delightfully screwball novel in which a wealthy, high-achieving California family is put to the ultimate test.     Coming September 19th! The Best Kind of People by Zoe WhittallTHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE: A NOVEL by Zoe Whittall A timely novel about an accusation against a beloved schoolteacher and the repercussions on his loved ones, exploring issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.   For more on these and related titles visit, Perfect Families  

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