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Families in Fiction?

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"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote in Anna Karenina. But what about other families in literature? In The New York Times Book Review's Shortlist, Roy Hoffman reviewed several novels that explore family...

"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote in Anna Karenina. But what about other families in literature? In The New York Times Book Review's Shortlist, Roy Hoffman reviewed several novels that explore family dynamics. What are your favorite fictional families?
The New York Times
Jun 17, 2015
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Jonathan Tropper - This is Where I Leave You
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The dysfunctional Foxman family from "This Is Where I Leave You"

Judd is the one who narrates this uproarious tale of a family observing the Jewish mourning rituals for their dearly departed patriarch, but the other members of the Foxman clan shine just as brightly: there's Hillary, the overly-candid mother so perfectly cast in the movie adaptation as Jane Fonda that her character requires no further description; Paul, the overachieving eldest son; Wendy, the cool-yet-tragic sister; and Phillip, pegged by Judd as "the Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead."

Never has an account of family love and hatred been so believable, so funny, and so human.
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