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The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

In the opening pages of the novel, a young red-headed woman wakes to find her groom missing the morning after their wedding.  Honeymooning in the famous Niagara Falls area, scandal soon erupts as news arrives that a man fitting his … Continue reading

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We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

From it’s opening setting of  Marstal, Denmark in 1848, We, The Drowned is a riveting saga of a real seafaring community.  Larger than life characters, like sailor Lauris Madsen, who creates a name for himself with his bravery, only to disappear … Continue reading

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Some Luck by Jane Smiley

A saga of an all-American novel, Some Luck traces an Iowa farm family from 1920 to 1953.  The Langdon family  is captivating, each with their own personality and ambitions that take them either far from home or firmly cement them to … Continue reading

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On The Sickle’s Edge by Neville Frankel

Set in the 20th century and spanning generations, On the Sickle’s Edge chronicles a Jewish family’s struggle to survive in Soviet Russia.  Lena Shtein, born in South Africa of Latvian parents, suffers her first loss at birth.  Following the death of her mother … Continue reading

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North And South by John Jakes

Back in 1985, I was one of millions who swooned over the southern charm of Patrick Swayze’s character, Orry Main, in the television adaption of John Jakes’ novel North and South.  I still have a soft spot for the story, and … Continue reading

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Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet is Tim Winton’s saga of two working-class Australian families who come to share a large house together in an attempt to recover after disaster strikes both families. I loved the charm of the Pickle and Lamb families and Winton’s … Continue reading

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Shōgun by James Clavell

When my book club made it’s selections year ago, we decided to include the first two books of James Clavell’s asian saga. Shōgun was well-known, having been a best-seller when it was released in 1976. The novel takes place during … Continue reading

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