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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?
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Jun 17, 2015
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The Langdons from Some Luck, by Jane Smiley

"The 45-name Langdon family tree that prefaces Smiley’s 2014 novel “Some Luck” (which began in 1920 and ended in 1953) has expanded to some 70 names in “Early Warning,” the second volume of a projected trilogy; its crisply detailed chapters each open onto a new year and take the Langdons through 1986, enfolding current events into the vicissitudes of a clan one brother likens to a chimp family, with adults communally raising the children. While the siblings at the novel’s heart chart their own paths, they’re never truly apart."

-Roy Hoffman
Read the full review here.
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