Thick books about family values ​​for the summer holidays

Family chronicles - a very warm genre, because inside these unexpectedly you can find the sharpest emotions in relation to members of their own family.

"Jacob's Ladder", Lyudmila Ulitskaya

"Jacob's Ladder", Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Ulitskaya is leisurely and thoroughly leading a multi-story narrative, within which the reader is rewarded with unique optics, making it possible to discern the connection between generations.

Nora Osetskaya, a talented theater artist, takes a willow box with old letters from the room of her deceased grandmother, which her young grandmother and grandfather sent each other.

Nora gives birth to a son from Victor's incoming husband, an autistic mathematical genius, adheres to a married theater director Tengiz, devises performances, buries loved ones ... And in the beginning of the 20th century, her young grandmother Marusya enthusiastically sits at the Rachmaninov concert, falls in love with Nora's future grandfather, Jacob, terrified is experiencing pregnancy,Isadora Duncan is engaged in plastic work at the schoolgirl herself, she reads, writes lots of letters ... This is a cross-section not only of different people of the same pedigree, but also a time slice: in the context of the lives of several people, the whole twentieth century appears before us.

Coil of Blue Threads by Ann Tyler

Coil of Blue Threads by Ann Tyler

Coil of Blue Threads by Ann Tyler

The novel is about family ties that cannot be interrupted, even if it is very desirable, as one of the Witshenkov family members, Denny, the eldest son. No wonder the thread reel is a symbol of the unceasing flow of life, not only in the title, but even on the cover of the book.

The exemplary loving Uitshenkov family: a silent, melancholic husband, a wife who looks like a fairy, and four children live in a house built by his grandfather. Children grow up and have their own families, but do not lose touch with their parents. However, step by step, the details of the past are revealed, which make Uitshenkov not so perfect. However, the point is not in intriguing family secrets, but in what strange ingredients can the “swallow saliva” consist of, which holds the family.

The New Hampshire Hotel, John Irving

The New Hampshire Hotel, John Irving

The New Hampshire Hotel, John Irving

Watching any movie based on the book by John Irving is not at all like reading a novel.In the 1984 film “The New Hampshire Hotel”, the young Jodie Foster played well, but the book is still much more exciting, more fantastic, sharper and deeper.

Funny and dramatic story of a large family, the head of which all his life dreamed of opening a decent hotel. Hotels in the family in the end were three, and they were all more fabulous, but not "worthy". Heated interest in the book, often simply list the events and characters, from which it is immediately clear that we have a tragicomic family farce. Nor will we stand: in the novel, we are waiting for scientists bears, including those dressed up, kisses with a toothless girl, rape, incest, a terrorist act, a tragic flight from America to Europe and back, a heroic act, real orgasms, similar to artificial ones, and all within the framework of a warm family history.

"Mrs. Sinclair Suitcase" by Louise Walters

The best seller of Louise Walters was first published in Russian in the publishing house "Azbuka". Robert's girlfriend, living in England, becomes the heiress of an old suitcase with books, in which he finds the letter of his grandfather, who died in the war. But this letter was written a couple of months after the battle, in which, it was thought, the grandfather said goodbye to life ...

Another story line is dedicated to grandmother Roberta Dorothy, who, having said goodbye to her husband, who had left to fight, fell in love with the squadron commander to death.



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