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Books About Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

Family reunions are so fun… right? These novels will help you feel a little less alone with stories of family secrets that for some reason only come out when everyone is all together. One big happy family.

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    Seating Arrangements Book Cover Picture
    Seating Arrangements Book Cover Picture

    Seating Arrangements

    by Maggie Shipstead

    The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to the impeccably appropriate Greyson Duff. The weekend is full of champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust stir beneath the surface.
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    Seating Arrangements Book Cover Picture

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    $15.00

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    Seven Days of Us

    by Francesca Hornak

    It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter–who is usually off saving the world–will be joining them at Weyfield Hall. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. She’s just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and has been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…
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    Seven Days of Us Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture
    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture

    A Place for Us

    by Fatima Farheen Mirza

    A Place for Us takes us back to the beginning of this family’s life: from the bonds that bring them together, to the differences that pull them apart. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home.
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    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Strangers and Cousins

    by Leah Hager Cohen

    In the seemingly idyllic town of Rundle Junction, Bennie and Walter are preparing to host the wedding of their eldest daughter Clem. A marriage ceremony at their beloved, rambling home should be the happiest of occasions, but Walter and Bennie have a secret. A new community has moved to Rundle Junction, threatening the social order and forcing Bennie and Walter to confront uncomfortable truths about the lengths they would go to to maintain harmony.
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    Strangers and Cousins Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In)

    by Celeste Ng

    From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Adults

    by Caroline Hulse

    Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. Claire brings her new boyfriend, Patrick (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman in Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts . . . and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police.
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    The Adults Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Instructions for a Heatwave

    by Maggie O’Farrell

    London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan’s newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home : Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is elaborately arranged to conceal a devastating secret.
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    Instructions for a Heatwave Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    The Most Fun We Ever Had Book Cover Picture
    The Most Fun We Ever Had Book Cover Picture

    The Most Fun We Ever Had

    by Claire Lombardo

    Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo’s debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us.
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    The Most Fun We Ever Had Book Cover Picture

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    $28.95

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    Maine

    by J. Courtney Sullivan

    For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. As three generations of Kelleher women arrive at the family’s beach house, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.
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    Maine Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Book Cover Picture
    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Book Cover Picture

    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

    by Julie Kibler

    An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and inspired by historical events.
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    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    This Is Where I Leave You Book Cover Picture

    This Is Where I Leave You

    by Jonathan Tropper

    A riotously funny, emotionally raw bestselling novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.
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    This Is Where I Leave You Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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