135. Books to read if Complicated Family Drama is Your Jam

Hello everybody, welcome back!

Today’s recommendation post is a bit different and I don’t know may be, a bit triggering for some due to nature of the content. But I had this really big urge to compile this list.

And who knows? Maybe someone would find this list amusing, intriguing or interesting, to say the least.

Now, what am I going off about, you may ask? Well these titles below have one thing in common: Complex Family Drama.

With secrets, grudges, history repeating itself, a lot more secrets, and a web of mysteries to be unraveled before the reader.

Now, if you like this sort of stuff, then you’ll love these titles. Don’t worry not all of them are as serious or grim, in fact it is quite the unique pot if I say so myself.

  1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Okay so here is the deal, I’m South Asian, and we Asians have our family drama nailed down to a T! Obviously I had to add Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan to the lot.

This trilogy is by far the most hilarious thing I read last year, but  after a year of reflecting on the books, they do have a lot of hard-hitting facts, some sorrow, some struggle as well.

But if you’re looking for a good laugh while trying to understand Rich Singaporeans and Chinese, then look no forward.

Read the review here.

  1. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farell.

I recently reviewed this book by Maggie O’Farell, and although I termed it as a mystery thriller, the main premise of this book is the unraveling of web of lies and deceit in the Lennox family, 60 years later.

This story does span over 3 generations, so it goes back and forth. I loved this story but the only caveat with this was that it needed a hundred more pages.

The ending felt like a cliffhanger.

Review is here.

  1. Circe by Madeline Miller

Alright, this one has got to be my most favourite this year!

A Greek Mythology retelling of the daughter of Helios, is an epic tale of a nymph discovering herself and her power among the toxic patriarchal Greek gods.

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The way the author has written story is so beautiful, the writing just flows like a river and you keep on turning the pages. It is an addictive story with a powerful heroine who doesn’t know it yet.

Of course, her family has it out for her, she is exiled by her father, her beloved brother – whom she dotes on leaves her and she is always under the shadow of her sister’s beauty.

I tell you, this book will be stuck in your heart.

Check out my review here.

  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I read this book last year and the story of Shaker Heights and it’s inhabitants has stuck with me. Maybe another reason for it being glued to mind is the fact that Reese Witherspoon is producing a TV series on it.

The lives of the Richardson’s family is turned upside down when a mother daughter duo – Mia and Pearl Warren – move into their neighbourhood. Slowly, each member of the family becomes entranced by Mia and Pearl.

But when one day their house is on fire, and those two have left their home and are on the road, the story of Little Fires Everywhere and in everyone becomes clear.

Click here to read a review.

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Magical Realism is a genre that flows over my head, but Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote a book about a family where everyone has the same name (or some version of it), and history repeats itself.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is much more than a work of fiction, it also weaves with the help of fictional characters the struggle and war faced by Colombia.

The Buendia family will confuse you, the recurring end of each character will have you shaking your head, and the manuscript that started it all, in the end will leave you full and empty.

Review is here.

And that is that.

Check out each book if I was able to stir something in your heart and I hope you enjoy.

Take care

-Sarah

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