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Keep It In the Family


Were you an avid reader of the Wagons West! series of the 1980s? Were you glued to the television for the lavish miniseries Poldark or The Forsyte Saga? Did you ever enjoy one of the Whiteoak Chronicles novels by Mazo DelaRoche and wonder…what happened next? Have you thrilled to the centuries-spanning sagas of The Kent Family Chronicles or The Australians, or have you gotten hooked on more recent series such as The Berrybender Chronicles or the descendents of A Woman of Substance? Then perhaps you’d like to sample more of the numerous Family Sagas shown in this extensive booklist.

Some of the following novels are “stand alones”, while many are entries in popular series. In the cases of stand-alone novels, individual titles are in alphabetical order following the author’s name. In the case of series, the novels are arranged in “series order” following the name of the series. We’ve included a number of titles in this list which are not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. These appear here for the sake of providing complete series listings, or to identify classic Family Sagas which may be out-of-print, but may still be worth pursuing. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Keep it in the Family:
Multi-Generational Family Sagas

Alice Adams

Caroline’s Daughters

Richard Adams

The Outlandish Knight

Elizabeth Adler

Fortune is a Woman

Bess Streeter Aldrich

A Lantern in Her Hand

Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits

Evelyn Anthony

The House of Vandekar

Jeffrey Archer

As the Crow Flies

Louis Auchincloss

The Winthrop Covenant

Lynn Austin

Though Waters Roar

Tilly Bagshawe

Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game

James Baldwin

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Clive Barker

Galilee: A Romance

Lois Battle

Southern Women

Wendell Berry

Hannah Coulter

Stephen Birmingham

The Auerbach Will
Carriage Trade
The LeBaron Secret
Those Harper Women

Leona Blair

A World of Difference

Vicente Blasco Ibanez

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Janine Boissard

The Moreau Family
A Matter of Feeling
Christmas Lessons
A Time to Choose

Heinrich Boll

Billiards at Half-Past Nine

Malcolm Bosse

The Warlord

T. Coraghessen Boyle

World’s End

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Woman of Substance series
A Woman of Substance
Hold the Dream
To Be the Best
Emma’s Secret
Unexpected Blessings
Just Rewards
The House of Deravenal series
The Ravenscar Dynasty
The Heir
Being Elizabeth

Dionne Brand

At the Full and Change of the Moon

Matthew Braun

The Kincaids

Jimmy Breslin

Table Money

Andre P. Brink

Imaginings of Sand

Jacqueline Briskin

The VanVliet Family
Rich Friends
The Onyx

Gwen Bristow

The Plantation trilogy
Deep Summer
The Handsome Road
This Side of Glory

Louis Bromfield

The Farm
Mrs. Parkington

Dee Brown

Creek Mary’s Blood

Sandra Brown

White Hot

Samuel Butler

The Way of All Flesh

Beverly Byrne

The Flames of Vengeance
The Firebirds

Taylor Caldwell

Barber and Bouchard families trilogy
Dynasty of Death
The Eagles Gather
The Final Hour

Philip Caputo

The Voyage

Gladys Hasty Carroll

Sing Out the Glory

Angela Carter

Wise Children

Jack Cavanaugh

American Family Portrait
The Patriots
The Adversaries
The Pioneers
The Peacemakers

John Cheever

The Wapshot Family
The Wapshot Chronicle
The Wapshot Scandal

Lars Saabye Christensen

The Half Brother

Winston Churchill

The Carvels
Richard Carvel
The Crisis

Jonathan Coe

The Rain Before It Falls

William Laurence Coleman (“Lonnie”)

The Beulah Land trilogy
Beulah Land
The Legacy of Beulah Land
Look Away, Beulah Land

Catherine Cookson

The Bannaman Legacy
The Desert Crop
The Maltese Angel
The Mallen trilogy
The Mallen Streak
The Mallen Girl
The Mallen Lot

J. California Cooper

The Wake of the Wind

Michael Cunningham

Flesh and Blood

David Davidar

The House of Blue Mangoes

Robertson Davies

The Manticore
Murther and Walking Spirits

Celeste De Blasis

The Proud Breed
The Swan Saga
The Wild Swan
Swan’s Chance
A Season for Swans

Mazo DelaRoche

The Whiteoak Chronicles
The Building of Jalna
Morning at Jalna
Mary Wakefield
Young Renny
Whiteoak Heritage
The Whiteoak Brothers
Whiteoaks of Jalna
Finch’s Fortune
Master of Jalna
Whiteoak Harvest
Wakefield’s Course
Return to Jalna
Renny’s Daughter
Variable Winds at Jalna
Centenary at Jalna

R. F. Delderfield

The Craddock Family
A Horseman Riding By
The Green Gauntlet
The Swann Trilogy
God is an Englishman
Theirs Was the Kingdom
Give Us This Day

Ivan Doig

Bucking the Sun

Elsie Burch Donald


Sara Donati

Fire Along the Sky
Queen of Swords

Michael Dorris

The Cloud Chamber
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Emma Drummond

A Distant Hero

Joan M. Drury

Those Jordan Girls

Dame Daphne DuMaurier

Hungry Hill

Dominic Dunne

A Season in Purgatory

Dorothy Dunnett

Niccolo Rising
Race of Scorpions
The Spring of the Ram

Alan Ebert


Dorothy Eden

The Salamanca Drum

John Ehle

The Wright Family
Lion on the Hearth
The Land Breakers
The Road
Time of Drums
Winter People
Last One Home
The Journey of August King

Robert S. Elegant


Julie Ellis

The Hampton Saga
The Hampton Heritage
The Hampton Women

Louise Erdrich

The Antelope Wife

Nomi Eve

The Family Orchard

Howard Fast

The Lavette Chronicles
The Immigrants
Second Generation
The Establishment
The Legacy
The Immigrant’s Daughter

William Faulkner

Flags in the Dust

Edna Ferber

Show Boat

Lolita Files

Child of God

Thomas J. Fleming

The Stapleton Family
Liberty Tavern
Promises to Keep
The Spoils of War
The Wages of Fame
When This Cruel War is Over

Ken Follett

A Dangerous Fortune

Dorothea Benton Frank

Return to Sullivan’s Island

Marianne Fredriksson

Hanna’s Daughters

Margaret Gaan

The Red Barbarian Saga
Red Barbarian
White Poppy
Blue Mountain

James Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga
A Man of Property
In Chancery
To Let
The Forsyte Saga [1-3] The White Monkey
The Silver Spoon
Swan Song
A Modern Comedy [4-6] Maid in Waiting
Flowering Wilderness
One More River
End of the Chapter [7-9] On Forsyte ‘Change
The Forsyte Saga [2002 miniseries DVD – 3 discs] The Forsyte Saga, Series 2 [2003 miniseries DVD – 2 discs] The Forsyte Saga – The Complete Saga [2002 and 2003 miniseries DVD – 7 discs]

Cristina Garcia

The Aguero Sisters
Dreaming in Cuban

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude

John E. Gardner

The Secret Generations trilogy
The Secret Generations
The Secret Houses
The Secret Families

Catherine Gaskin

The Ambassador’s Women
The Charmed Circle

Catherine Gavin

The Sunset Dream

Anne George

This One and Magic Life

Kaye Gibbons

Charms for the Easy Life

Janice Holt Giles

American West saga
The Kentuckians
Hannah Fowler
The Land Beyond the Mountains
The Believers
Johnny Osage
Voyage to Santa Fe
The Great Adventure
Six-Horse Hitch

Gloria Goldreich

Leah Goldfeder saga
Leah’s Journey
Leah’s Children

Elizabeth Goudge

Eliot Family
Bird in the Tree
Pilgrim’s Inn
Heart of the Family

Winston Graham

The Poldark saga
Ross Poldark (a.k.a. The Renegade)
Jeremy Poldark
The Black Moon
The Four Swans
The Angry Tide
The Stranger From the Sea
The Miller’s Dance
The Loving Cup
The Twisted Sword
Bella Poldark
Poldark (1975 miniseries DVD)
Poldark II (1977 miniseries DVD)
Poldark (1995 movie DVD)
Poldark: The Complete First Season (2015 DVD)

Shirley Ann Grau

The Condor Passes
The Keepers of the House

Andrew M. Greeley

The Lord of the Dance

Lauren Groff

The Monsters of Templeton

Joel Gross

The Books of Rachel
The Lives of Rachel
Home of the Brave

Alex Haley

Mama Flora’s Family

Marek Halter

The Book of Abraham

Karen Harper

The Wings of Morning

Marilyn Harris

The Eden Saga
This Other Eden
Prince of Eden
The Eden Passion
The Women of Eden
Eden Rising
American Eden
Eden and Honor

Jim Harrison

The Road Home

Sarah Harrison

Tennant Family Saga
Flowers of the Field
A Flower That’s Free

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables

Constance Heaven

The Kuragin Trilogy
The House of Kuragin
The Astrov Legacy
Heir to Kuragin
The Ravensley series
Lord of Ravensley
The Ravensley Touch

Ursula Hegi

Sacred Time

Max Hennessy

19th Lancers Trilogy
Soldier of the Queen
Blunted Lance
The Iron Stallions

Eleanor Hibbert
 (a.k.a. Philippa Carr)

Knave of Hearts trilogy [see also Philippa Carr] Knave of Hearts
Voices in a Haunted Room
The Return of the Gypsy

Oscar Hijuelos

The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien

Deborah Hill

Merrick Family Trilogy
This is the House
The House of Kingsley Merrick

Pamela Hill

The House of Cray

Ruth Beebe Hill

Hanta Yo

Jane Aiken Hodge

The Purchis Saga
Savannah Purchase
Judas Flowering
Wide is the Water

Peter Hoeg

The History of Danish Dreams

Elizabeth Jane Howard

The Cazalet Chronicle
Light Years
Marking Time
The Cazalets [2001 miniseries VHS – 3 tapes]

Susan Howatch

The Wheel of Fortune
VanZale Saga
The Rich are Different
Sins of the Fathers

William Humphrey

The Ordways

Evan Hunter

The Chisholms

Susan Isaacs

Almost Paradise
Red, White and Blue

Rona Jaffe

Family Secrets
The Road Taken

John Jakes

The Kent Family Chronicles
The Bastard
The Rebels
The Seekers
The Furies
The Titans
The Warriors
The Lawless
The Americans
Civil War Trilogy
North and South
Love and War
Heaven and Hell
North and South [1985 miniseries DVD – 5 discs] The Crown Family Saga
American Dreams

Pamela Jekel

Deep Water

Gary Jennings


Ruth Prawar Jhabvala

Shards of Memory

Douglas C. Jones

Arkansas Trilogy
Winding Stair
Elkhorn Tavern
Weedy Rough

Rose Jourdain

Those the Sun Has Loved

Mary Pat Kelly

Galway Bay

William Kennedy

Very Old Bones

Ken Kesey

Sometimes a Great Notion

Judith Krantz

Mistral’s Daughter

Rosalind Laker

To Dance With Kings
Warwycks of Easthampton
Warwyck’s Women
Claudine’s Daughter
Warwyck’s Choice

Louis L’Amour

The Sacketts
Sackett’s Land
To the Far Blue Mountains
The Warrior’s Path
Jubal Sackett
Ride the River
The Daybreakers
Mojave Crossing
The Sackett Brand
The Lonely Men
Treasure Mountain
Mustang Man
The Sky-Liners
The Man From the Broken Hills
Ride the Dark Trail
Lonely on the Mountain
The Sackett Companion [a Guidebook to the series]

Syrell Rogovin Leahy

Wolfe Family Saga
Family Ties
Family Truths

Ella Leffland

Breath and Shadows

Bem LeHunte

The Seduction of Silence

Madeleine L’Engle

Certain Women

Jeffrey Lent

In the Fall

Penelope Lively


Norah Lofts

The Haunting of Gad’s Hall

William Stuart Long

The Australians
The Exiles
The Settlers
The Traitors
The Explorers
The Adventurers
The Colonists
The Goldseekers
The Gallant
The Empire Builders
The Seafarers
The Nationalists
The Imperialists

Stephen Longstreet

The Pedlocks
The Pedlocks: The Story of a Family
God and Sarah Pedlock
Pedlock & Sons
Pedlock Saint, Pedlock Sinner
The Pedlock Inheritance
The Pedlocks in Love
The Fiores
All or Nothing
Our Father’s House
Sons and Daughters

Bette Lord

Golden Hill
Spring Moon

Malcolm Macdonald

For They Shall Inherit
The Stevenson Chronicles
The World From Rough Stones
The Rich Are With You Always
Sons of Fortune

Mary Mackey

A Grand Passion

Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo Trilogy
Palace of Desire
Palace Walk
Sugar Street

Thomas Mann


John P. Marquand

The Late George Apley

William Martin

Cape Cod

Roger Martin du Gard

Thibaults Saga
The Thibaults
Summer 1914

John Masters

The Savage Family
The Deceivers
Nightrunners of Bengal
The Lotus and the Wind
Far, Far the Mountain Peak
Bhowani Junction
To the Coral Strand

Donald McCaig

Jacob’s Ladder

Colleen McCullough

The Thorn Birds
The Touch

Tamara McKinley

Jacaranda Vines

Larry McMurtry

The Berrybender Narratives
Sin Killer
The Wandering Hill
By Sorrow’s River
Folly and Glory

Marijane Meaker


Anne Melville

The Lorimer Saga
The Lorimer Line
Family Fortunes

Fern Michaels

Vegas Heat

James Michener


Sue Miller

Family Pictures

Ruth Moore

Speak to the Winds

Marcel Moring

In Babylon

Gilbert Morris

The House of Winslow
The Honorable Imposter
The Captive Bride
The Indentured Heart
The Gentle Rebel
The Saintly Buccaneer
The Holy Warrior
The Reluctant Bridegroom
The Last Confederate
The Dixie Widow
The Wounded Yankee
The Union Belle
The Final Adversary
The Crossed Sabres
The Valiant Gunman
The Gallant Outlaw
The Jeweled Spur
The Yukon Queen
The Rough Rider
The Iron Lady
The Silver Star
The Shadow Portrait
The White Hunter
The Flying Cavalier
The Glorious Prodigal
The Amazon Quest
The Golden Angel
The Heavenly Fugitive
The Fiery Ring
The Pilgrim Song
The Beloved Enemy
The Shining Badge
The Royal Handmaid
The Silent Harp
The Virtuous Woman
The Gypsy Moon
The Unlikely Allies
The High Calling
The Hesitant Hero
The Widow’s Choice
The White Knight

Wright Morris

Plains Song for Female Voices

Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon

Sallyann J. Murphey

Metcalfe Family Album: Six Generations of Traditions and Memories

Vladimir Nabakov


Gloria Naylor

Linden Hills

Fae Myenne Ng


Joyce Carol Oates

My Heart Laid Bare

Elizabeth Ogilvie

The Bennett Island series
High Tide at Noon
Storm Tide
Ebbing Tide
How Wide the Heart
An Answer in the Tide
The Summer of the Osprey

Robert B. Parker

All Our Yesterdays

Mary Emily Pearce

Apple Tree Lean Down
The Land Endures

Jane Peart

American Quilt
The Pattern
The Pledge
The Promise

Richard Peck

This Family of Women

Michael Phillips

The Stonewycke Legacy
Stranger at Stonewycke
Shadows Over Stonewycke
Treasure of Stonewycke

Marge Piercy

Three Women

Rosamunde Pilcher

The Shell Seekers

Belva Plain

Random Winds
Sight of the Stars
The Evergreen Saga
The Golden Cup

David Plante

The Francouer Family
The Family
The Woods
The Foreigner
The Country
The Catholic
The Native

Richard Pitts Powell

The Philadelphian

Eugenia Price

St. Simon’s Island series
The Lighthouse
New Moon Rising
The Beloved Invader
The Savannah Quartet
To See Your Face Again
Before the Darkness Falls
Stranger in Savannah
The Georgia Trilogy
Bright Captivity
Where Shadows Go
Beauty From Ashes

Reynolds Price

The Great Circle
The Surface of Earth
The Source of Light

David Pryce-Jones

The Afternoon Sun

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Sojourner

Claire Rayner

The Performer Series
Gower Street
The Haymarket
Paddington Green
Soho Square
Bedford Row
Covent Garden
Charing Cross
The Strand
Chelsea Reach
Shaftesbury Avenue

Mordecai Richler

Solomon Gursky Was Here

Conrad Richter

The Awakening Land trilogy
The Trees
The Fields
The Town

Jean Rikhoff

The Timble Family
Dear Ones All
Voyage In, Voyage Out
Rites of Passage
The Butte Family
Butte’s Landing
One of the Raymonds

Alexandra Ripley

The Tradds and the Ansons
On Leaving Charleston

Dana Fuller Ross

Wagons West
New Mexico!
The Holts
Oregon Legacy
Oklahoma Pride
Carolina Courage
California Glory
Hawaii Heritage
Sierra Triumph
Yukon Justice
Pacific Destiny
The Holts: Frontier Trilogy
The Holts: Empire Trilogy

Salman Rushdie

The Moor’s Last Sigh

Edward Rutherfurd

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

Thomas Sanchez

Rabbit Boss

Winnie Crandall Saunders

To Span a Continent

Sir Walter Scott

The Bride of Lammermoor

Harriet Segal

The Skylark’s Song

Vikram A. Seth

A Suitable Boy

Anya Seton

The Hearth and Eagle

Ntozake Shange

Betsey Brown

Irwin Shaw

Beggarman, Thief
Rich Man, Poor Man
Voices of a Summer Day

Sidney Sheldon

Master of the Game
Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game (as by Tilly Bagshawe)

Susan Richards Shreve

Daughters of the New World

Anne Rivers Siddons


Mona Simpson

Anywhere But Here

Katherine Sinclair

A Distant Dawn

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Family Moskat

Katie Singer

The Wholeness of a Broken Heart

Robert Skimin

Chikara! A Sweeping Novel of Japan and America from 1907 to 1983

Connie Lynne Smith

Vanished Glory: A Family in America

Lee Smith

The Devil’s Dream
Family Linen
Oral History

Wilbur A. Smith

The Ballantyne Family Saga
Flight of the Falcon
Men of Men
The Angels Weep

Cathy Cash Spellman

So Many Partings

Leonard St. Clair

The Seadon Fortune

Hilda Stahl

The White Pine Chronicles
The Inheritance

Danielle Steel

Thurston House

Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose

John Steinbeck

East of Eden

Richard Martin Stern

Brood of Eagles

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Master of Ballantrae

Fred Mustard Stewart

The Glitter and the Gold
The Savage Family
The Young Savages
The Naked Savages
The Savages in Love and War

Jessica Stirling

The Stalkers
Call Home the Heart
The Beckman Family Saga
The Drums of Time
The Blue Evening Gone
The Gates of Midnight
The Cochrans
Treasures on Earth
Creature Comforts
Hearts of Gold

Clark Stuart

Walks Far Woman

Jean Stubbs

The Howarth Family Saga
By Our Beginnings
An Imperfect Joy
Vivian Inheritance
The Northern Coorespondent, 1831-1851

Frank Swinnerton

A Tigress in the Village

Reay Tannahill

Return of the Stranger

Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons

William Makepeace Thackery

The Virginians

Elswyth Thane

Dawn’s Early Light
Ever After
Kissing Kin
The Light Heart
This Was Tomorrow
Yankee Stranger

Bodie Thoene

Galway Chronicles
Only the River Runs Free
Of Men and Angels
All Rivers to the Sea

Michael M. Thomas

Hanover Place

Lynda Trent


Adriana Trigiani

The Queen of the Big Time

Henri Troyat

The Seed and the Fruit
Amelie in Love
Amelie and Pierre
Tender and Violent Elizabeth
The Encounter
The Danov Family
My Father’s House
The Red and the White
Strangers on Earth

Thomas Tryon

In the Fire of Spring
The Wings of the Morning

Anne Tyler

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Searching for Caleb

Dorothy Uhnak

Law and Order

Sigrid Undset

Kristin Lavransdatter

John Updike

In the Beauty of the Lilies

Leon Uris


Jane Urquhart


Robert Vaughn

American Chronicles
The Lost Generation
Over There

Penny Vincenzi

No Angel
Something Dangerous

Hugh Walpole

The Herries family series
Bright Pavilions
Rogue Herries
Judith Paris
The Fortress

Jan Webster

The Glasglow saga
Colliers Row
Saturday City
Beggerman’s Country

Jerome Weidman

A Family Fortune

Paul Wellman

The Wedge family trilogy
Walls of Jericho
The Chain
Jericho’s Daughters

Eudora Welty

Losing Battles

Kate Wenner

Setting Fires

Rebecca West

The Aubrey family series
The Fountain Overflows
This Real Night
Cousin Rosamund

Glenway Wescott

The Grandmothers: A Family Portrait

Dorothy West

The Wedding

Ben Ames Williams

The Currain Family
House Divided
The Unconquered

Daoma Winston

A Story of the Fall River Line, 1847 to 1937

Larry Woiwode

The Neumiller family
Beyond the Bedroom Wall
Born Brothers

Barbara Wood

Green City in the Sun

Virginia Woolf

The Years

Nancy L. Zaroulis


Norman Zollinger

Riders to Cibola

Web booklist January 2005 sdc / Last Updated October 2016