Big Books About Broken Families

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Travels in Stroutland

This fall, look for these books to stray into Elizabeth Strout's territory of tangled family ties.

-- "Homer & Langley," by E.L. Doctorow (Random House, September). Two brothers live as recluses in Manhattan.

-- "Little Bird of Heaven," by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, September). Two lovers wonder whose father is guilty of a terrible crime.

-- "No Time to Wave Goodbye," by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Random House, September). A family copes with the aftermath of multiple kidnappings.

-- "The Children's Book," by A.S. Byatt (Knopf, October). The life of a Victorian-era children's book author isn't as perfect as it seems.

-- "Half Broke Horses," by Jeannette Walls (Scribner, October). A "true-life novel" from the author of "The Glass Castle," based on her grandmother's life.

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