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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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Mary Morris - The Jazz Palace
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The Jazz Palace, by Mary Morris

"Although there are two Jewish immigrant families and one black family at the center of Morris’s fluid and poetical novel, set in Chicago from 1915 to 1933, there’s a fourth family generating the pulse of the narrative — the jazz-playing, blues-making kinship of musicians. To Benny Lehrman, the dutiful son helping out at his parents’ cap factory, that musical family is his passion. Preferable to his parents’ “dreary apartment,” dominated by his mother’s “silent anguish” and his father’s “judgmental eyes,” is the world of the Stroll, a black neighborhood with a New Orleans-influenced sound, where “it was said that if you held a trumpet in the air, it would play all by itself.” A gifted classical pianist, Benny finds that his enthusiasms quickly change as the Stroll becomes his classroom.”

-Roy Hoffman
Read the full review here.
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