Multcolib Research Picks: Epic novels and stand-alone sagas

The Given Day
The Given Day By Lehane, Dennis Book - 2008 FICTION LEHANE 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 13 on 8 copies

Annotation:An epic tale set at the end of World War I follows the experiences of a family whose lives mirror the political unrest of an America caught between its well-patterned past and an unpredictable future.

An Atlas of Impossible Longing
An Atlas of Impossible Longing By Roy, Anuradha Book - 2011 FICTION ROY 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Roy's impressive American debut covers multiple generations of an Indian family from the turn of the 20th century to India's partition." Publisher’s Weekly

The Greenlanders
The Greenlanders A Novel By Smiley, Jane Book - 2005 FICTION SMILEY 2005 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The Norseman Erik the Red and his colonists settle Greenland in the 10th century.

East of Eden
East of Eden By Steinbeck, John Book - 2003 FICTION STEINBECK 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Charleston A Novel By Jakes, John Book - 2002 FICTION JAKES Available in some locations

Annotation:"Jakes sweeps along from the 1770s to the Civil War in this multigenerational saga of a South Carolina family." Library Journal

The Shell Seekers
The Shell Seekers By Pilcher, Rosamunde Book - 1997 FICTION PILCHER 1997 Available in some locations

Annotation:As this absorbing saga of a modern English family opens, 64-year-old Penelope Keeling is returning to her country house following a heart attack, and her three adult children have varying reactions to the news. The narrative is actually a series of deftly interwoven vignettes that shift back and forth in time; each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history.

The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits By Allende, Isabel Book - 2005 FICTION ALLENDE 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Allende, niece of the Chilean president slain in the military coup of 1973, has written a compelling family chronicle that continues a long tradition in Latin American literature. Allende's portrait of the Trueba clan and her picture of an unnamed country's political history brim with the atmospheric specifics of a real world. " Booklist

Palisades Park
Palisades Park By Brennert, Alan Book - 2013 FICTION BRENNERT 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sharing a family life in the 1930s near the legendary Palisades Amusement Park, a family of dreamers explores ambitions and cultural boundaries that are challenged by the realities of the Great Depression, multiple wars, and the park's eventual closing in 1971.

The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds By McCullough, Colleen Book - 1977 FICTION MCULLOUG

Annotation:The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early 1900s when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to the vast Australian sheep station of Drogheda, and it ends more than half a century later with the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill.

Roots The Saga of An American Family : the 30th Anniversary Edition By Haley, Alex Book - 2007 929.2 H168r 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:It begins in 1750 in an African village and ends seven generations later in Arkansas; between those two chronological points, the entire pageant of slaveholding and repression of blacks during the long course of American history is played out.

Trinity By Uris, Leon Book - 2006 FICTION URIS Available in some locations

Annotation:A sweeping and powerful epic adventure that captures the "terrible beauty" of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom.

Country of the Bad Wolfes
Country of the Bad Wolfes A Novel By Blake, James Carlos Book - 2012 FICTION BLAKE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Set in Mexico and Texas from the 1820s to the 1920s and based partly on Blake's own family, this brawling, high-spirited, and superbly realized family saga chronicles three generations of the Wolfe family, beginning with family patriarch Roger Blake Wolfe, a pirate captured and executed by Mexican authorities in 1828.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude By García Márquez, Gabriel Book - 2006 FICTION GARCIAMAR Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 14 copies

Annotation:One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family.

Poland A Novel By Michener, James A. Book - 1984 FICTION MICHENER 1984 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of the development of Poland since the 1200s is told from a small village on the Vistula River, with information on the Lubonski, Bukowski, and the Buk families.

Sita's Ramayana
Sita's Ramayana By Arni, Samhita Book - 2011 ygn 294.5922 ARNI 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:"The 3,000-year-old Sanskrit epic poem Ramayana, which provides role models for both boys and girls in India, is interpreted here with gorgeous, vibrant illustrations in the style of Patua scroll paintings that are often oriented on the page in comic-book-like arrangements." Booklist

American Decameron
American Decameron By Dunn, Mark Book - 2012 FICTION DUNN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:American Decameron tells one hundred stories, each taking place in a different year of the 20th century.

Giant By Ferber, Edna Book - 2000 FICTION FERBER Available in some locations

Annotation:This sweeping tale captures the essence of Texas on a staggering scale as it chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naive young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons. A sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, Giant was the basis of the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.

How Green Was My Valley
How Green Was My Valley By Llewellyn, Richard Book - 2009 FICTION LLEWELLYN 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The youngest son of a Welsh coal-mining family recalls the tender and tragic experiences of his youth, at the turn of the twentieth century, with his courageous and loving parents and brothers and sisters.

The Magnificent Ambersons
The Magnificent Ambersons By Tarkington, Booth Book - 1998 FICTION TARKINGTO 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:The 1919 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel portrays the decline of the superrich Amberson family, who act as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution.

The Zenith
The Zenith By Dương, Thu Hương Book - 2012 FICTION DUONG 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Weaving together Vietnamese legend, folklore, and history, Huong has created an epic account of events in Vietnam between 1951 and 1969." Library Journal

The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables By Hawthorne, Nathaniel Book - 1986 FICTION HAWTHORNE Available in some locations

Annotation:"Hawthorne's tale about the brooding hold of the past over the present is a complex one, twisting and turning its way back through many generations of a venerable New England family, one of whose members was accused of witchcraft in 17th century Salem. " School Library Journal

Sarum The Novel of England By Rutherfurd, Edward Book - 2005 FICTION RUTHERFUR 2005 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Rutherfurd's sweeping saga of the area surrounding Stonehenge and Salisbury, England, covers 10,000 years and includes many generations of five families.

The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon By Bradley, Marion Zimmer Book - 2000 FICTION BRADLEY 2000 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:A massive, exquisitely crafted recreation of the Arthurian legend as seen through the eyes of Morgaine and Viviane, King Arthur's sister and aunt, respectively, and Arthur's wife, Guinevere.

Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago By Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich Book - 2010 FICTION PASTERNAK 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Epic novel of post-revolutionary Russia focuses on the torments and dreams of a doctor-poet who attempts to avoid the struggles of his turbulent era.

Black Flower
Black Flower By Kim, Young-ha Book - 2012 FICTION KIM 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A tale of star-crossed love, political turmoil, and the dangers of seeking freedom in a new world, Black Flower is an epic story based on a little-known moment in history.

Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind By Mitchell, Margaret Book - 1964 FICTION MITCHELL Available in some locations

Annotation:A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.

Nicholas Nickleby
Nicholas Nickleby By Dickens, Charles Book - 2003 FICTION DICKENS 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:After Nicholas Nickleby's father dies bankrupt, Nicholas becomes the unhappy ward of his uncle, a moneylender, and survives many adventures before finding happiness.

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