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Novel Pairings

Jun 29, 2021

Today, Sara and Chelsey share their favorite classic and contemporary sweeping family sagas. We recommend intergenerational stories that take place over decades or centuries—or across multiple continents. We also define and discuss this sub genre and speculate about why it’s become such a popular phrase in publishing. Do you have a favorite novel that fits on our list?

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The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Amazon)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Amazon)

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (Amazon)

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Amazon)

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Amazon)

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (Amazon)

Middlemarch by George Eliot (Amazon)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Amazon)

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Amazon)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Amazon)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Amazon)

Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (Amazon)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley (Amazon)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Amazon)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Amazon)

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Amazon)

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Amazon)

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Amazon)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Amazon)