I almost never listen to audio books, but I happened to listen to A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris. It was assigned in my Young Adult Literature class as our example of adult fiction with teen interest, and in my book buying haste, I accidentally ordered the audio version.
I felt like I was “stuck” listening, but I was quickly engrossed in a story of family secrets and generational rifts to the point that I wasn’t stuck anymore. I was hooked.
I recently read A Grown-up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson, and I was struck by the similarities in the stories. Three generations of women telling their stories, keeping their secrets, and watching as their mistakes affect the people they love the most. Honestly, I think I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. There’s something like a mystery buried in the bonds of family that keeps me reading as the stories switch from character to character, each revealing a bit more than the last. I can never really get into detective stories, but give me a family saga with secrets and intrigue at its core, and I am there.
Other books pictured that are also full of family secrets and multi-generational narratives: Learning to Lose by David Trueba, The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis, and The Favorites by Mary Yukari Waters
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