What are the best novels that feature dysfunctional families?

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    #1Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.


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    Christine Cunningham
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The author had a lot to say and said it very well. I didn't care for Anna's character, though. She had the world by the tail and lost it all with personal failings which didn't resonate with me--it seemed too artificial. But many of the characters and much of the plot had superb development and expression. A decent novel, just not "the best ever"."
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    #2The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides is a standalone young adult fiction novel written by Jeffrey Eugenides which is about the life of a Lisbon family who goes through a rough patch after one of their family members commits suicide. 


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    Ajay Jaiteley
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Great solution, The book fits well within the proper category for dysfunctional families and even has decent reviews, I thing the topic creator will be pretty happy with this solution. Overall this topic is solved with a great book."
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    #3The Corrections

    The Corrections

    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen is a contemporary fiction on a family drama during the age of greed and globalism from the Midwest at mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe.


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    Thomas Nelson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I love the dysfunctional family aspect of this novel. It reminds me of how crazy my own family is. I found this book to be highly enjoyable."
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    #4Remember My Beauties

    Remember My Beauties
    Remember My Beauties is a novel by Lynne Hugo that tells the story of a family of horse breeders in Kentucky from multiple points of views. The family struggles not to split apart amidst sickness, drug abuse, and divisive relationships.

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    Tiffany Grant
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "What a great novel! I think Remember My Beauties is one of the best novels that feature dysfunctional families that I have read. Having a dysfunctional family myself, it makes me connect with the protagonist more. I love how easy the story flowed and how real the characters felt. "
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    #5White Teeth

    White Teeth

    White Teeth is a contemporary fiction novel written by Zadie Smith which is about the story of two North London families during the World War II. This tackles about faith, race, gender and culture. 


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    Jason Harrison
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Kind of funny and the premise is interesting, but I found it overall, a tad boring. The writing was, at times, kind of hard to get through and in places I really had to force myself to finish the book. "
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    #6We Were Liars

    We Were Liars

    This is a suspense novel starring the Sinclair family, a wealthy and perfect family who spends their summers on a private island. When Cadence was 15 tough, something terrible happened between her and a group of friends called 'the liars', and now, two years later, she starts to remember everything about the accident that made her change. 


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    Joyce Armstrong
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "When a rich and wealthy family allows the children to spend summers on their own private island, there's bound to be some mischief. What's shocking, however, is the secrets each of the children hold. While labeled as YA, It's potentially for high-schoolers and beyond due to some subject matter and difficult language. I can't say the family is dysfunctional as much as it is spoiled."
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    #7Blind Stitches

    Blind Stitches

    Blind Stitches is a fictional romantic novel written by J.B. Chicoine. This fictional romantic novel was published on July 15, 2014 by Straw Hill Publishing.


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    Emily Gu
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I have trouble wanting to pick up this book but I do like stories about dysfunctional families. There's just too many other books I'd rather read that cover that."
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    #8The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 


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    Emily Garrett
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This features a few dysfunctional families. This is a great book and a good example of the topic. I really cannot recommend this enough."
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    #9Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a domestic fiction novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This book was originally published in March 1982 by Knopf. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize award.

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    Carl Dixon
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a one of the best novels that feature dysfunctional families. Coming from a crazy family myself, I could sympathize with the main character from the start!"
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    #10The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.


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    Melissa Kim
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "My girlfriend gave me this book as a birthday present, and said that it had changed her life. It is a sweeping, dramatic story of a family, including two twins. The twins have to face all sorts of awful things, and anyone who grew up in a troubled family will feel the honesty in how the characters talk and act. The southern backdrop is also really lovely and well described."
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    #11Love Medicine (Native American Trilogy)

    Love Medicine (Native American Trilogy)

    Love Medicine is an award-winning novel by Louise Erdrich. It tells the story of two Ojibwe Indian families, chronicling multiple generations of the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. It is the first book in the Native American trilogy. 


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    Alan Medina
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Almost every great novel features dysfunction. This certainly isn't the top of the list."
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    #12Go Tell it on the Mountain

    Go Tell it on the Mountain

    Go Tell it on the Mountain is a cultural classic African fiction book written by James Baldwin. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.


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    Helen Cui
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is considered a classic, and I like to read those classic books once in a while, so I gave this one a go. This book is hard to describe, it touches many topics, like race, religion, class, violence, or sexuality, but those aren't what drive the plot forward, this book is character driven. The characters are portrayed in such a way that they feel real, human, complex and it's innevitable not to feel empathy for them. "
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    #13The Little Friend

    The Little Friend

    The Little Friend is a fiction book by Donna Tartt. It is about Alexandra, Mississippi and the events there one Mother's Day when a little boy, Robin Cleve Dufresnes, was found hanging in the tree in his backyard. It was published in 2003 by Vintage.


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    Harold Garrett
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "The Little Friend has some creepy elements about it that extrapolates on the dysfunctional family dynamic and gives me a slight shiver when I think about it. I love the southern style it accompanies along with this for a great novel."
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    #146 Balloons

    6 Balloons

    6 Balloons is a 2018 drama movie starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco. The Netflix original film was written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan. 6 balloons features the story of a woman who learns her brother is addicted to heroin.


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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is an interesting new series. I watched the first episode and I'll probably continue watching the rest."


Best What are the best novels that feature dysfunctional families
1Anna KareninaBooks 33 Free
2The Virgin SuicidesBooks 30 Paid
3The CorrectionsBooks 29 Paid
4Remember My BeautiesBooks 27 Paid
5White TeethBooks 27 Paid
6We Were LiarsBooks 25 Paid
7Blind StitchesBooks 23 Paid
8The ShiningBooks 23 Paid
9Dinner at the Homesick RestaurantBooks 21 Paid
10The Prince of TidesBooks 20 Paid

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