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? It’s fun to discover a friend’s perspective.
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.
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 listened with cousins to the adults fighting and laughing and fighting again between the morning and evening viewings of dead people.
My father reminded me each morning 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 poverty and of rowing the Hudson River on a stolen rowboat as a child with New York and its riches sparkling across the waves. She swam in the river until pollution warnings were posted on the beaches and the summer camps became winter homes for the poor.
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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