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doings Sun 11-Aug-13 18:34:18

. . .could be historical (don't fancy way back though) or contemporary. One of those books that gets you really involved with the characters and their lives through many years.

Like The Color Purple or The Corrections or The Good Earth???

Anybody got any suggestions, please. Thanks.

Pinupgirl Tue 13-Aug-13 17:47:16

The spoils of time trilogy by Penny Vincenzi. Hers are not the sort of books I usually read but I loved these and have read them over and over again.

KidleysDiddleye Tue 13-Aug-13 18:04:40

Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe

MatildaMay Tue 13-Aug-13 18:10:01

Shelsco - "The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton was brilliant, I couldn't put it down. Set now but with flashbacks to the second world war and the earlier life of the mother throughout. Although its not a detective story at all, there's a real mystery to it so you're constantly trying to work it all out along with the main character. It's easy to read but not a simple story! The best book I've read in ages."

I agree. I've only just finished reading it this afternoon (about 15 minutes ago) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Only problem is, I've been so engrossed I've not done much else today! smile

Laquila Tue 13-Aug-13 18:14:25

I also recommend The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (LOVE IT) and In The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende - in fact I just dug the latter out this morning to lend to a friend to take in hold and it reminded me how great it was.

Also, The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif.

AgentProvocateur Tue 13-Aug-13 18:29:35

Loved Poisonwood Bible, A Fine Balance (tho very sad), Middlesex and Cutting For Stone, as previously mentioned.

Also loved Freedom, but not quite as much as the corrections.

GeorginaWorsley Wed 14-Aug-13 08:39:43

Superbagpus,I've read Penmarric and love it.
Plus Susan Howatch's other sagas,
Wheel of Fortune and Cashelmara.
They are based on true historical events,early Plantagenet's I think.

LottieJenkins Wed 14-Aug-13 08:50:00

Nancherrow and Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher are good! smile

magimedi Wed 14-Aug-13 09:24:06

LaQuila - The Map of Love, is one of my favourite books. I think I've read it at least five times.

PseudoBadger Wed 14-Aug-13 09:27:36

Would Life after Life (Kate Atkinson) count?

Yika Wed 14-Aug-13 09:27:56

A suitable boy by Vikram Seth. I was so involved with the characters I slowed down towards the end to make it last and felt bereft when it finally ended.

Laquila Wed 14-Aug-13 09:30:24

Ohh Magimedi it makes me wail every time! I first read it when I was quite young - didn't know anything really about Eygpt and the Midlle East. I ended up getting an email address for Ahdaf Soueif (God knows where from) and writing to her to say how much I'd loved it and how sad it was about the whole Middle Eastern situation, and she started adding me to mailing lists and sending me great big theses to read and petitions to sign! I was a bit baffled.

I also second AgentProvocateur's rec for A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, and someone else suggested The Unfortunates, by Laurie Graham, which is a brilliant book.

Caitycat Wed 14-Aug-13 09:35:24

Agree with Penny Vicenzi spoils of time. Also Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, brilliant family saga and not weird like many of his other books!

AgentProvocateur Wed 14-Aug-13 17:33:16

Ooh, I've had Map of Love sitting by my bed for years. I don't know why I can't bring myself to start it. But knowing that Laquila's a Fine Balance fan, and loves Map of Love is making me want to read it now...

doings Thu 15-Aug-13 18:11:58

Many thanks contributors!

Some wonderful suggestions heresmile

SarahAndFuck Mon 19-Aug-13 20:56:59

Liars and Saints and then A Family Daughter by Maile Meloy. Both books cover the American Santerre family from the second world war when Yvette and Teddy first marry and then sees their children and grandchildren reach adulthood.

I loved both books and for such a big timescale they flow very easily without seeming to leave any gaps in the history of the family.

mumslife Mon 19-Aug-13 23:13:42

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HalfSpamHalfBrisket Mon 19-Aug-13 23:32:02

Gerard Woodward's August/I'll go to bed at noon/A curious earth sequence, which follows the disfunctional Jones family. They were recommended on here and I love them.

DeeCrepid Tue 20-Aug-13 13:31:35

I have really enjoyed the Shayne Parkinson series of novels.
The first one is called Sentence of Marriage. There are four of them I think. They are set in New Zealand and span a generation.

The first one is free on Kindle.

Also highly recommend the Elizabeth Jane Howard 'Cazalet Chronicles'.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 24-Aug-13 19:01:38

Try Tiger Hills. We read it for our book club and we all loved it.

LowLevelWhinging Sat 24-Aug-13 19:07:06

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

MrsBartlet Mon 26-Aug-13 19:51:59

The Forsyte Saga - I keep meaning re-read it.

tribpot Mon 26-Aug-13 19:59:35

I've read Penmarric too! Might grab it for the Kindle now it's available.

EnlightenedOwl Mon 26-Aug-13 20:17:55

Catrin Collier Hearts of Gold series outstanding
Janet Tanner - The Black Mountains quartet also outstanding

FrumpyPumpy Mon 26-Aug-13 20:19:59

The Son is in the booker prize list now (eek I think), and is meant to be great.

CircassianLeyla Mon 26-Aug-13 20:21:58

Came on to suggest Wild Swans and see it has already been suggested.

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