I think I first fell in love with family sagas watching family drama at the many funerals of my youth.
As relatives bickered over property and rubbed old wounds raw I sat and listened with my cousins to the adults who fought and laughed and fought some more all between the morning and evening viewings of yet another parent or sibling from our parents’ generation.
My father used to remind us each morning before school that we might not see each other again. As a police officer he knew more about sudden turns in life and death.
My mother was the keeper of old stories. Stories of orphanages and stealing old boats as a child to row on the Hudson River with New York and its riches sparkling across the waves. She swam in the river until the day the signs about pollution were posted on the beaches and the summer camps became winter homes for the poor.
I write family sagas because I love people. I love their flaws. I love their dreams and deceptions. I feel sorry for us all yet happy to be alive.
Great paintings capture moments of the grand saga. People long forgotten and some quite well-known leave us their sagas to do with what we will. They’re gifts–as most people are. We all have our part to play in the grand saga of life. What is a family saga? I found this definition on Goodreads:
The family saga chronicles the lives and doings of a family or a number of related or interconnected families. The typical novel follows the generations of a family through a period of time to portray particular historical events, changes of social circumstances, or the ebb and flow of fortunes from a multiple of perspectives.
I like that. Don’t you? What fun it is to discover a friend’s perspective.
I write this blog to celebrate who we all are, past and present, flawed and sublime.
Thank you for visiting.
Adrienne Morris writes family sagas about the Weldon and Crenshaw families of Gilded Age Englewood, New Jersey. Her first novel, The House on Tenafly Road was selected as an Editors’ Choice Book by The Historical Novel Society. HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY REVIEW
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