Seattle Picks: Family Lives and Relationships
Annotation:When Nora learns that her husband is having an affair she retreats with her young daughters to a remote island off the coast of Maine that she hasn't returned to since her mother disappeared there.
Annotation:Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.
Annotation:Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen--and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. (Publisher description)
Annotation:Weezy and her husband become increasingly perplexed by life challenges that compel their first daughter to move back into her childhood room, their second daughter to cancel her wedding, and their son to become enmeshed in a relationship disaster.
Annotation:The story of a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself voted on as a last-minute replacement on "Dancing with the Stars."
Annotation: Thirty-six-year-old biology teacher Gal Garner's regimented life will never be the same after her estranged sister's teenage daughter Riley arrives one afternoon unannounced.
Annotation:Nurse Sean Doran returns from Africa and assumes the parental burden of caring for his aunt and nephew, a responsibility for which he is ill equipped. Soon, he reconnects with Becky, his childhood friend, but their budding romance is threatened by Sean's pathological reluctance to put down roots, and he has to finally decide what's most important to him.
Annotation:Fox's new novel glitters with these pleasures-fearless wordplay, humor, and nuance-and asks us the question at the heart of every friendship: What would you give up for a friend's happiness?
Annotation:A Muslim woman from Bangladesh is caught between two worlds after she marries an American engineer she meets on an online dating site and moves away from her home and family to snow Rochester, New York.
Annotation:A tale set on a gorgeous Indian Ocean island in a large family compound presided over by a stalwart matriarch imparts the stories of a marriage ceremony that ends with a pregnant widowed bride, cousins who follow family gossip to puzzle out an aunt's story and a newly in-love woman who struggles with cultural and family identities. (NoveList)
Annotation: Two women meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship. Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. She comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony's short life. Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband's long-term infidelity.
Annotation:44-year-old wife and mother Alice goes on a journey of self-discovery after agreeing to participate in a marital happiness study in this wry but touching story.
Annotation:Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she's finally found him. Ethan divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia, is a devoted father and even better husband. Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls as if they are her own. But in Emily's eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father's love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood leaving both of them standing at a crossroads in their lives...and in their hearts. (NoveList)
Annotation:A series of vignettes follows the travels of frequent flier Pam as she tours the world trying to find happiness and meaning in our modern world.
Annotation:Jackson (Backseat Saints) has written an unusual Southern family saga revolving around three generations of lonely, hardscrabble Slocumb women. Grandmother Ginny is the glue that holds them together when her ex-drug addict daughter, Liza, has a severe stroke, leaving her voiceless except for a few vowel sounds. Fifteen-year-old granddaughter Mosey is the same age her mother and grandmother were when they had their daughters, but Mosey isn't like her forebears; she's scarcely been kissed by a boy. When Ginny decides to pull out the old willow tree in the backyard to make room for a pool to use in rehabilitating Liza, a shallow grave is uncovered, revealing a small skeleton dressed in tattered baby clothes and unleashing a series of events for which Liza seems to have an explanation-but she can't tell. (Library Journal review)
Annotation:9-year-old Avery and her family move from their violent Los Angeles neighborhood to a suburb where they are the only African American family, but their escape is not complete in this coming-of-age tale about identity and self-acceptance.
Annotation:Lara is a dog trainer with a knack for matching people with their perfect canine companions, but she finds human relationships more difficult to navigate, especailly when her boyfriend confesses he's not a dog person.
Annotation:Pulled back into the world of their Indian immigrant parents when their mother is taken ill, Mala sets about learning her mother's art of Indian cooking, while her brother Ronak tries to sell their experience as a book and a TV documentary. (NoveList)
Annotation:Lola is the Irish-born matriarch of a family that is now based in Australia, but when she asks everyone to to elsewhere for Christmas the tightly-knit family accuses her of scheming.
Annotation:Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household. Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever.
Annotation:A troubled teenage girl and a lonely widow working at the Massachusetts Archive form a tenuous bond over a secret in the diary of a Boston maid who lived in the early twentieth century.
Annotation:Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
Annotation:When fabricated aspects of their picture-perfect world are embarrassingly exposed by a car accident, Sunny Mann, a woman longing for an ideal life, and Maxon, her savant astronaut husband, struggle through blame and fear before confronting realities about their deep bond.
Annotation:In a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London, one young man's pre-wedding panic illuminates the universal conflict between responsibility and passion.
Annotation:Two women, one a daughter about to be sent off to boarding school, and the other, a widowed immigrant dealing with loss, find comfort and friendship connected by their love of food when they become friends in a Manhattan cooking class. (NoveList)
Annotation:Two decades after the tragic accident that killed their father, Theodora, Josh, and Claire return to their childhood home to confront painful realities about their incapable mother and the devoted aunt who raised them.
Annotation:A middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances in their house, on the roadway, in the markets. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace.
Annotation:Ivorie is lonely in 1950s Tennessee where, as a single 30-something, she's considered an old maid, until she takes in a boy who's beens stealing vegetables from her garden.
Annotation:Believing she is realizing her dreams when her sitcom is bought, television writer Ruth Saunders finds her happiness threatened by demanding actors and executives as well as an unrequited crush on her boss and her septuagenarian grandmother's upcoming wedding.
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As families have changed to become more inclusive so has our concept of what used to be called "domestic fiction" or "women's fiction." These newer stories reflect social changes and are of interest to a wider variety of readers. Descriptions are from the library catalog unless otherwise noted.