Family Secrets

If you like books about families (and their secrets) that might be great for a bookclub, here are a few suggestions!

Husband's Secret by Liane MoriartyDiary by Eileen GoudgeSongs of Willow Frost by Jamie FordWhere'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria SempleInstructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell:  When their father disappears during the English heatwave of 1976, his 3 grown children return home to help their mother try to find him.  During their search family secrets emerge and misunderstandings begin to resolve.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty:  Cecilia reads a letter that her very-much-alive husband had written to be read only in the event of his death; Tess is struggling with a betrayal and Rachel is struggling with smothering grief.  The shocking truth that Cecilia discovers  in the letter causes the lives of all 3 women to intersect in strange and tragic ways.

The Diary by Eileen Goudge:  When Elizabeth is dying, her two daughters discover her old diary that shows that their father, in spite of their long, happy marriage,  was not her only love.

The Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford:  Twelve-year-old William, a Chinese-American boy stranded in a 1930's Seattle orphanage, desperately attempts to connect with the glamorous  movie star who he is sure is his mother.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple:  After causing lots of trouble where her family lives in Seattle, madcap genius Bernadette disappears.  Even if her husband seems to have given up on her, her teenage daughter, Bee, is willing to go to any lengths to find her mother.

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