Don Corleone: Tell me, do you spend time with your family? Johnny Fontane: Sure I do. Don Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
–The Godfather (1972), screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola
The same thing that makes The Godfather and its sequels compelling also made The Sopranos so popular, and it’s not the Mafia. These stories have more in common with Downton Abbey or even the Little House books than they do with mob dramas like Goodfellas: at their heart, they’re about family and the relationships between generations.
Many countries are remembering wars and veterans this week, and the intergenerational secrets within two military families are at the center of Cheryl Kerr’s novel See Ya. But whether the setting is the Old West, an English country house, or interstellar space, following a family as its generations wrestle with societal change and historical exigencies makes for absorbing fiction.
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I like the family that comes together in the barn,” Ally said without hesitation. “I like that they aren’t all the same thing; one is human and one’s a spider and one’s a pig. I like that it has nothing to do with blood relations, and everything to do with love.”
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