Family Drama

Signal Fires is mainly a meditation on families—the secrets we keep, the hurts we don’t mean to inflict—and how those secrets and hurts play out over time.

Signal Fires is mainly a meditation on families—the secrets we keep, the hurts we don’t mean to inflict—and how those secrets and hurts play out over time.

This darkly humorous novel follows a middle-aged woman who is so desperate for autonomy that she’s willing to make a deal with the devil.

This darkly humorous novel follows a middle-aged woman who is so desperate for autonomy that she’s willing to make a deal with the devil.

The myriad fissures, fractures and worries of one family at Christmastime make this drama feel utterly real.

The myriad fissures, fractures and worries of one family at Christmastime make this drama feel utterly real.

While all of her main characters are deeply—really deeply—flawed, Amanda Svensson has you rooting for them through their highs and lows.

While all of her main characters are deeply—really deeply—flawed, Amanda Svensson has you rooting for them through their highs and lows.

Kamila Shamsie’s eighth novel speculates about whether even the most cherished friendships could have an expiration date.

Kamila Shamsie’s eighth novel speculates about whether even the most cherished friendships could have an expiration date.

Belinda Huijuan Tang’s splendid debut novel follows a Chinese American son through a purgatory of twists and turns, red herrings and dead ends, in the search for his missing father.

Belinda Huijuan Tang’s splendid debut novel follows a Chinese American son through a purgatory of twists and turns, red herrings and dead ends, in the search for his missing father.

There‘s joy to be found in the struggle, and Eleanor Brown‘s novel about an unusual adoptive family is a thoughtful exploration of this truth.

There‘s joy to be found in the struggle, and Eleanor Brown‘s novel about an unusual adoptive family is a thoughtful exploration of this truth.

A quick read with irresistible charm, Margarita Montimore‘s Acts of Violet is a comfort book in every sense of the word.

A quick read with irresistible charm, Margarita Montimore‘s Acts of Violet is a comfort book in every sense of the word.

Monica Ali’s Love Marriage is a multicultural family drama as a multi-car pileup, as individuals careen into and away from one another.

Monica Ali’s Love Marriage is a multicultural family drama as a multi-car pileup, as individuals careen into and away from one another.

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