I have a treat for you this week: The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. It's the first of The Cazalet Chronicle series, which was also a BBC television mini-series. (I haven't seen it yet.)
It's England in 1938 and the Cazelets are a rich middle class extended family. The story is told from the perspective of most of the family members, including the children and servants. It's like Upstairs Downstairs merged with Downton Abbey and The Camomile Lawn.
The Light Years is the sort of book you can't wait to return to after a long, dreary day. Like real life, it's funny and tragic and awful. I can't wait to read the remaining books in the series.
I'm a little embarrasssed about my inability to write a decent book review: "This book is awesome. It is about a family. It reminds me of these other three books, one of which is not even a book, but a wildly popular TV show."
After I wrote the above, I thought of something more articulate that I could write about this book and then I forgot it, so we will have to settle for "THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!"