Seattle Picks: Family Lives and Relationships

Lost Lake
Lost Lake By Allen, Sarah Addison Book - 2014 FIC ALLEN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 24 copies

Annotation:A year after her husband's death, Kate emerges from the fog of grief just in time to make one seemingly simple choice that changes everything. Upon finding a decades-old postcard from her Great Aunt Eby hidden in the attic, Kate and her eight-year-old daughter Devin leave the confines of Atlanta to explore Lost Lake in Suley, GA, and oh the adventures they have! A collection of quirky characters, all with wisdom to share, bring this story to life, and none shy away from the chance for even greater personal growth. (Library Journal)

The Smart One
The Smart One A Novel By Close, Jennifer Book - 2013 FIC CLOSE 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

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.

Oleander Girl
Oleander Girl By Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee Book - 2013 FIC DIVAKAR 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 9 copies

Annotation:Enjoying a sheltered childhood with adoring grandparents but troubled by the silence surrounding her parents' deaths, 17-year-old Korobi is prompted by a love note among her mother's possessions and a fiance's shattering revelation to travel from India to post-September 11 America in search of her true identity. (NoveList)

The Hurricane Sisters
The Hurricane Sisters By Frank, Dorothea Benton Book - 2014 FIC FRANK 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 14 copies

Annotation:When an emotional hurricane blows through their lives, testing them in ways they never thought possible, 23-year-old Ashley Anne Waters, her mother Liz and Maisie, the family matriarch, must turn to each for strength and support as the bonds they share are ultimately transformed. (NoveList)

All I Love and Know
All I Love and Know By Frank, Judith Book - 2014 FIC FRANK 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 6 copies

Annotation:Told with storytelling power and emotional fidelity, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found. (NoveList)

As Sweet as Honey
As Sweet as Honey A Novel By Ganesan, Indira Book - 2013 FIC GANESAN 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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)

The One & Only
The One & Only A Novel By Giffin, Emily Book - 2014 FIC GIFFIN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 35 copies

Annotation:Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother. (NoveList)

Tempting Fate
Tempting Fate By Green, Jane Book - 2014 FIC GREEN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 17 copies

Annotation:Struggling with a fatalistic view about aging and friends who desperately cling to youth, Gabby recklessly forges a long-distance friendship with a younger man in spite of her happy family life and finds the relationship threatening everyone she loves. (NoveList)

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell By Hashimi, Nadia Book - 2014 FIC HASHIMI 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 38 on 9 copies

Annotation:In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and rarely leave the house, and their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. (NoveList)

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing A Novel By Jacob, Mira Book - 2014 FIC JACOB 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9 on 13 copies

Annotation:Decades after an interrupted visit to his mother's home in 1979 India triggers a haunting series of events, brain surgeon Thomas Eapen begins having conversations with his dead relatives, prompting his career-beleaguered wife to investigate a painful family history. (NoveList)

The Blessings
The Blessings By Juska, Elise Book - 2014 FIC JUSKA 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 4 copies

Annotation:When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother's wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John's teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family's Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, "The Blessings" reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them. (NoveList)

Here I Go Again
Here I Go Again By Lancaster, Jen Book - 2013 FIC LANCAST 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bad karma returns to bite Lissy Ryder when at 37 she loses her husband, job and condo in quick succession. How can she change the past to save her future?

The View From Penthouse B
The View From Penthouse B By Lipman, Elinor Book - 2013 FIC LIPMAN 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 30 copies

Annotation:Two newly-single sisters, one by a divorce, the other by a death, become roommates with a handsome, gay cupcake-baker as they try to return to the dating world of lower Manhattan. (NoveLIst)

The Abundance
The Abundance A Novel By Majmudar, Amit Book - 2013 FIC MAJMUDA 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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)

The Children Act
The Children Act A Novel By McEwan, Ian Book - 2014 FIC MCEWAN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 35 on 75 copies

Annotation:Fiona Maye is a successful High Court judge in a London family court. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. She decides to throw herself into her work.... But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page. (NoveList)

That Part Was True
That Part Was True By McKinlay, Deborah Book - 2014 FIC MCKINLA 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:A lonely British woman strikes up a pen pal friendship with a successful American author and they offer each other help and support with their relationship dramas before agreeing to finally meet up in Paris. (NoveList)

Accidents of Marriage
Accidents of Marriage A Novel By Meyers, Randy Susan Book - 2014 FIC MEYERS 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:A social worker struggling to keep the peace with her increasingly volatile husband for the sake of their children finds herself fighting for her life in the hospital after his temper gets the best of him one rainy day. (NoveLIst)

Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies By Moriarty, Liane Book - 2014 FIC MORIART 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 230 on 58 copies

Annotation:Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated. (NoveLIst)

Florence Gordon
Florence Gordon By Morton, Brian Book - 2014 FIC MORTON 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 16 on 14 copies

Annotation:A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family's various catastrophes. (NoveList)

One Plus One
One Plus One By Moyes, Jojo Book - 2014 FIC MOYES 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 46 copies

Annotation:A single mom trying to raise a bullied stepson and a mathlete daughter finds an unexpected rescue in the form of an obnoxious tech millionaire named Geeky Ed. (NoveList)

Dept. of Speculation
Dept. of Speculation By Offill, Jenny Book - 2014 FIC OFFILL 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 157 on 50 copies

Annotation:An unflinching portrait of marriage by the award-winning author of Last Things features a heroine simply referred to as "the Wife," who transitions from an idealistic woman who once exchanged love letters with her husband and who confronts an array of universal difficulties. (NoveList)

Still Life With Bread Crumbs
Still Life With Bread Crumbs A Novel By Quindlen, Anna Book - 2014 FIC QUINDLE 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 36 copies

Annotation:Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self-understanding. (NoveList)

Golden State
Golden State A Novel By Richmond, Michelle Book - 2014 FIC RICHMON 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:As Californians vote to determine whether California will secede from the United States, Dr. Julie Merrill, after signing her divorce papers, rushes to the side of her estranged sister Heather who has gone into labor. (NoveList)

The Divorce Papers
The Divorce Papers A Novel By Rieger, Susan Book - 2014 FIC RIEGER 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 15 copies

Annotation:The story of a high-profile, messy divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it, told solely via personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers. (NoveList)

Family Life
Family Life A Novel By Sharma, Akhil Book - 2014 FIC SHARMA 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 100 on 22 copies

Annotation:Finally joining their father in America, Ajay and Birju enjoy their new, extraordinary life until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother incapacitated and the other practically orphaned in this strange land. (NoveList)

The Girls of August
The Girls of August By Siddons, Anne Rivers Book - 2014 FIC SIDDONS 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:Four friends who used to meet for an annual summer beach vacation drift apart after one of their group tragically dies but reconvene years later in the new novel from the author of Burnt Mountain. (NoveList)

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots A Novel By Soffer, Jessica Book - 2013 FIC SOFFER 2013 Available in some locations

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)

The History of Us
The History of Us By Stewart, Leah Book - 2013 FIC STEWART 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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.

The Vacationers
The Vacationers By Straub, Emma Book - 2014 FIC STRAUB 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 19 on 53 copies

Annotation:Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal. (NoveList)

We Are Not Ourselves
We Are Not Ourselves By Thomas, Matthew Book - 2014 FIC THOMAS 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 49 on 70 copies

Annotation:Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, "We Are Not Ourselves" is a testament to our greatest desires and our greatest frailties. (NoveList)

The Story Hour
The Story Hour A Novel By Umrigar, Thrity N. Book - 2014 FIC UMRIGAR 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 10 copies

Annotation:From Thrity Umrigar, the critically beloved, best-selling author of "The World We Found" and "The Space Between Us" comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about the beauty of forgiveness. (NoveList)

All Fall Down
All Fall Down A Novel By Weiner, Jennifer Book - 2014 FIC WEINER 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 41 copies

Annotation:Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer's patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial. (NoveList)

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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.