Keeping it in the family

Simon Sebag Montefiore is Britain’s most indefatigable biographer. He has written prizewinning Lives of Russian Rulers (Catherine the Great, Stalin), a dynasty (the Romanovs) and a city (Jerusalem), as well as three novels. Yet even his earlier hefty page-turners were mere stretching exercises beside his latest feat of strength, The World: A family history. Weighing … Read more

When Family Is a Foreign Language: On Linda Murphy Marshall’s “Ivy Lodge”

OCTOBER 20, 2022 WHEN SOMEONE SAYS “You can’t go home again,” they mean that returning to a certain place rarely turns back time the way we hope. In Linda Murphy Marshall’s new book Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery, the narrator examines her surroundings with an eye toward understanding the cultural forces at … Read more

Navigating Family Life, a guest post by Christina Uss

Being part of a family is hard. There, I said it. My books are about characters finding a place to belong where they can be exactly, wholly, unabashedly themselves. Introverts are allowed to be mostly silent and alone whenever they want. Anxious kids who hate piano lessons get to stop taking piano lessons. People who … Read more

Blending the Family Story with the Coming-of-Age Novel, a guest post by Anna Rose Johnson

When many authors begin a story, they have a good idea of ​​what category it might fall into: it could be a book about a close-knit family like The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, or it could be about a teen navigating a new life like Hattie Ever After. But what if you want to do … Read more