Thursday, April 16, 2020

Top ten novels about unconventional families

Born in Trinidad, Ingrid Persaud won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC Short Story Award in 2018. She studied law at the London School of Economics and was a legal academic before earning degrees in fine art at Goldsmiths College and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Prospect, and Pree magazines. Persaud lives in London and Barbados.

Her new novel is Love After Love.

At the Guardian, Persaud tagged ten of her favorite "books with families that make you laugh and cry same time," including:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

People told me to read this book, but I left it for years. Now I am the one telling everyone else to hurry up and read it. Check this out: a missionary takes his wife and daughters from Georgia to the Belgian Congo, and within months the family tragically unravels. Told in multiple voices over three decades, we chart their reconstruction, as individuals and as a family, against the backdrop of a changing Africa. I tell you, this book burn my heart. Plus, the writing is glorious.
Read about another book on the list.

The Poisonwood Bible appears on Elise Hooper's list of eleven books inspired by Little Women, a list of four books that changed Alison Lester, Lucy Inglis's top ten list of books that explore pioneer life, Allegra Frazier's top five list of books to remind you of warmer climes, Segun Afolabi's top ten list of "on the move" books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best snakes in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue