This article comes from Publisher’s Weekly. I admit that when I read the title of the article, I immediately thought “Pride and Prejudice” and “Wuthering Heights.” My second thought included “The Way We Live Now,” “Ethan Frome,” and “House of Mirth.” What do you think of Attenberg’s list? WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU ADD TO THE MIX? THERE ARE LOTS OF DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES OUT THERE. If you wish more than a list of the titles, Ms. Attenberg includes her reasoning at http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/54424-the-most-dysfunctional-families-in-literature.html
Neuroses run rampant across three generations of the Middlestein family in Jami Attenberg’s sublime new novel,The Middlesteins. Who better to recommend great books about profoundly imperfect families?
In literature, as in life, every family is pretty much dysfunctional in one way or another. So what makes one dysfunctional literary family more memorable than the next? Personally, I prefer a little wit with my disaster, not to mention a little soul; it makes the pain go down easier. But every once in a while I like my families extra wicked and dark. I guess it makes me feel like I’m not that terrible after all.
Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections”
Lionel Shriver’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”
Andre Dubus III’s “Townie”
Lauren Groff’s “Arcadia”
Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”
Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”
Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette?”
Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”
Jeannette Walls’s “The Glass Castle”