Family lives and relationships in fiction: 10 books to try

As families have changed to become more inclusive so has our concept of what used to be called “domestic fiction” or “women’s fiction.” Here are 10 newer stories that reGirls in White Dresses available at SPLflect social changes and are of interest to a wider variety of readers.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Realizing it’s time to get their lives together, Isabella, Mary and Lauren gather time and again in a collection of stories that highlight the angst of post-college years for those who don’t fit the mold.

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
In a plan to normalize life after her bout with cancer, Kate vows to confront her fears, starting with a white water rafting trip, and challenges her friends to conquer their own demons. By a Seattle author.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Sisters Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia gather at their childhood home to care for their cancer-stricken mother, though it’s apparent each daughter brings baggage of her own to sort through.

Falling Together by Marisa de los SantosFalling Together in SPL catalog
Despite their falling out, Pen and Wil arrange to meet Cat at their college reunion. When Cat doesn’t show, a search for her sets them on a long journey, both physical and emotional.

Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Lexi, whose drug-addicted mother recently died, and two high school friends drive home drunk after a party, with tragic results that continue a long line of bad luck for Lexi and her new family.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Dana Witherspoon knows her father is a bigamist and so does her mom and even though it’s annoying to keep the secret, no one expects Dana to befriend her own half-sister.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
After a head injury, Alice wakes up on the floor of her spinning class  and has lost 10 years’ memory. She’s shocked to discover she’s 39, has three kids and is in the midst of a custody battle with Nick, whom she’s certain she loves.

I Think I Love You by Alison Pearson
Middle-aged Petra discovers a missed opportunity to meet her teenage idol, David Cassidy, and tries to reclaim that chance with the help of a reporter who nurses his own unrequited desires.

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsFind this book in the library catalog
Another Phillips laugh-out-loud romp lands Meg in Wynette, Texas, where her intervention in her friend’s nuptials makes her the town pariah.

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Suk Sin
Separated from her husband at a busy South Korean train station, Park So-nyo disappears and her loss makes her family realize how much she sacrificed for them, perhaps including her happiness. A bestseller in Korea.

You’ll find these 10 titles and 22 more in our Seattle Picks: Family Lives and Relationships list in our catalog.


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