"Happy families are all alike," but I want to read about them
August 11, 2011 12:37 PM Subscribe
"Happy families are all alike," which presumably makes things difficult for novelists, who need conflict to drive plot. But since I don't have a lot of great relationship models in my life, I'd like to read some novels about people with good marital or romantic relationships. Suggestions?
posted by ThisIsNotMe to Writing & Language (27 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
NB: I'm not neccesarily looking for books about romances per se, more interested in the day-to-day than in people being swept off their feet, and not looking for romance novels. Other "genre fiction" would be O.K., but I'm more interested in "literary fiction." Short stories or books of poems would also be acceptable.
Some novels that I've liked (not neccesarily on this topic) include Chaim Potok's The Book of Lights, Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny, Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Balzac's Lost Illusions.
I'm male, straight, in my late twenties, and in a relationship, but not married. I'll let you decide if those things should influence your recommendations.