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    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Year: 1929
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member -- including Addie -- and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Collected Stories by William Faulkner

This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds readers of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this book are such classics as "A Bear Hunt, " "A Rose for Emily, " Two Soldiers, " and "The Brooch."

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Light in August by William Faulkner

Lena Grove's resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner's most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry.

Year: 1932
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

It tells the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded attempt to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830. Although his grand design is ultimately destroyed by his own sons, a century later the figure of Sutpen continues to haunt young Quentin Compson, who is obsessed with his family legacy and that of the Old South.

Year: 1936
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Willy Loman has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. He searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the son in whom he invested his faith.

Year: 1949
Genre: Family Drama

    The Neon Jungle by John D. MacDonald

The Varaki family run the local grocery store, but tragedy hits the family hard. The sudden death of the matriarch of the clan is followed by the favourite son's death in Korea. The teenage daughter falls in with a bad crowd and there's also the other son, Walter, who has been dipping into the till to fund his escape from Doris, his sharp-tongued wife. Then there are the villains ... When their lives intersect the action builds to a bloody and explosive conclusion ...

Year: 1953
Genre: Family Drama

    Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry's bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance - and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined.

Year: 1964
Genre: Family Drama

    The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo

Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and violent, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very best.

Year: 1965
Genre: Family Drama

    Rabbit Redux by John Updike

Harry Angstrom--known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous literary characters--finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife, Janice. How he resolves or further complicates his problems makes for a novel of the first order.

Year: 1971
Genre: Family DramaLiterature

 

 

Titles

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1929The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic
1930As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic
1930Collected Stories by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic, Short Stories
1932Light in August by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic
1936Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner Family Drama, Southern Gothic
1949Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Family Drama
1953The Neon Jungle by John D. MacDonald Family Drama
1964Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey Family Drama
1965The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo Family Drama
1971Rabbit Redux by John Updike Family Drama, Literature, Rabbit
1971The Winds of War by Herman Wouk Family Drama, WWII: Homefront
1975Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry Family Drama
1978War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk Family Drama, WWII: Homefront
1981Bread Upon the Waters by Irwin Shaw Family Drama, New York City
1983The Desert Rose by Larry McMurtry Family Drama, Las Vegas
1987Texasville by Larry McMurtry Family Drama, Duane Moore, Texas
1990Rabbit at Rest by John Updike Family Drama, Rabbit
1992Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney Domestic Suspense, Family Drama, Calloway Trilogy
1995The Late Child by Larry McMurtry Family Drama, Las Vegas
1997American Pastoral by Philip Roth Family Drama, Historical, Realism, Zuckerman
1999Duane's Depressed by Larry McMurtry Family Drama, Duane Moore
2006The Good Life by Jay McInerney Domestic Suspense, Family Drama, Calloway Trilogy
2011One Summer by David Baldacci Family Drama, South Carolina
2016Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney Domestic Suspense, Family Drama, Calloway Trilogy

 

 

 


 

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