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30 of Your Favorite Multigenerational Books

S. Zainab Williams

Executive Director, Content

S. Zainab would like to think she bleeds ink but the very idea makes her feel faint. She writes fantasy and horror, and is currently clutching a manuscript while groping in the dark. Find her on Twitter: @szainabwilliams.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Disney Hyperion, publisher of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken.

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness…”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

Some families are so interesting and their stories so sweeping that we need to look beyond one lifetime to capture the full breadth of a tale. I personally love discovering fictional families whose inner workings require George R.R. Martin-level world building, and getting the opportunity to witness the consequences of generations-old actions.

We asked you to tell us your favorite multigenerational book and you responded. Here are 30 of your favorites!

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher

And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Century Trilogy by Ken Follett

Fall On Your Knees by Ann Marie McDonald

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The North and South trilogy by John Jakes

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Centennial by James Michener

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Kristin Lavransdotter by Sigrid Undset

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Tracks by Louise Erdrich

Lions in the Way by Bella Rodman

Chesapeake by James Michener

Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher