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If you liked the sweeping family saga of Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, try these books next:


A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

By Anne Tyler

The changing needs of aging parents impact a family gathering during which Abby Whitshank relates how her husband and she fell in love during the summer of 1959 and shares decades of marriage impacted by children and long-held secrets.


Carry the One

Carry the One

By Carol Anshaw

When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen’s wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies.


The Touch

The Touch

By Colleen McCullough

Unable to marry the woman he loves, Scottish-born Alexander Kinross writes home from the gold fields of 1860s Sydney for a bride and marries young cousin Elizabeth, who struggles with Alexander’s rowdy ex-madam mistress and illegitimate son.


The Ravenscar Dynasty

The Ravenscar Dynasty

By Barbara Taylor Bradford

Devastated by the deaths of three family members in a suspicious fire, young Edward Deravenel battles his cousin for control of a business empire that was usurped from his branch of the family sixty years earlier.


The Sight of the Stars

The Sight of the Stars

By Belva Plain

The son of an Irish immigrant mother and a Jewish peddler father, Adam Arnring grows up in turn-of-the-century America determined to shape his own destiny and builds what is to become one of the country’s great retail companies.


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