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Disfunctional families - fiction

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Deathraystare Fri 12-May-17 11:20:43

Any recommendations - fiction only please. Non of those real life misery books please!

OrlandoTheCat Fri 12-May-17 11:31:06


It's not fiction - sorry - but from the 2 reviews I've read, it's not miserable at all.

Deathraystare Fri 12-May-17 11:47:48

Thanks I will look for it.

PaulSimonsMatesMissus Fri 12-May-17 11:57:50

We need to talk about Kevin -Lionel Shriver
Ultimate dysfunctional family novel!

tripfiction Fri 12-May-17 13:52:15

Colette Dartford might be a good one: An Unsuitable Marriage

iseenodust Fri 12-May-17 15:02:25

Beaten to it by PaulSimons, got to be We Need To Talk About Kevin.

marilynmonroe Fri 12-May-17 16:46:31

the corrections by jonathan franzten

non fiction mitford sisters by mary s lovell - such an interesting story you can't believe it's true!

Niminy Fri 12-May-17 16:56:07

Barbara Comyns's Sisters by a River. What a corking novel, and not very well known. Here is the description from a major online retailer:

On the banks of the River Avon, five sisters are born. The seasons come and go, the girls take their lessons under the ash tree, and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir. Then, unexpectedly, an air of decay descends upon the house: ivy grows unchecked over the windows, angry shouts split the summer air, the milk sours in the larder and their father takes out his gun. Tragedy strikes the family, and before long the furniture is being auctioned off and the sisters dispersed among relatives. In her daring first novel, originally published in 1947, Barbara Comyns' unique young heroine relates the vivid, funny and bittersweet story of a childhood.

Niminy Fri 12-May-17 16:57:24

And if you are interested in the Mitfords Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford is essential reading.

Sadik Fri 12-May-17 17:07:17

Cold Comfort Farm . . . ?

<<I'll get my coat>>

carbuncleonapigsposterior Fri 12-May-17 18:01:25

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell - Disfunctional family with a mother who is a hoarder at the heart of the story. One of her best.

tormentil Sat 13-May-17 05:27:09

The Fifth Child - Doris Lessing

Deathraystare Sat 13-May-17 14:58:07

Thanks one and all! I have read the Kevin book and will look out the others. I meant to read the one about the Mitfords anyway.

Deathraystare Sat 13-May-17 16:33:47

Read Cold Comfort Farm too!

Ekorre Sat 13-May-17 16:51:38

Cazalet chronicles are a pretty odd family.

Agree about Mitfords - Pursuit of Love etc

Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls - modern American dysfunction

southeastdweller Sat 13-May-17 17:34:36

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time springs to mind.

Wildernesstips Sun 14-May-17 19:23:51

Rescue by Anita Shreve
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (many of hers are about dysfunctional families)
Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

Bloodybridget Sun 14-May-17 20:47:22

Seconding Niminy's recommendation of Barbara Comyns, she is a great writer.

tormentil Mon 15-May-17 09:50:56

I think that Wally Lamb can probably be included here - particularly 'I Know This Much Is True'.

AuldHeathen Mon 15-May-17 13:56:57

I was going to say Anne Tyler too! The Patchwork Marriage being just one.

AuldHeathen Mon 15-May-17 13:58:10

What about Adrian Mole? Isn't he a significant age this year?

Belo Mon 15-May-17 15:38:36

The Corrections by Jonathan Frantzen. And Freedom is hardly happy families!

BabCNesbitt Mon 15-May-17 15:45:27

The relationship between mother and daughter in Jelinek's The Piano Teacher is pretty much the definition of dysfunctional.

Cel982 Mon 15-May-17 15:48:01

Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson

cheapskatemum Mon 15-May-17 18:40:39

Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

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