You can’t choose your family. For as many dysfunctional broods who manage to make things work, there are those blood families for whom the arbitrary relationships dictated by birth and other bits of fate isn’t enough to stay together. In many cases—change, abandonment, different outlooks—many find their true families are the ones that they choose for themselves. These books contain some of the most unlikely families, brought together by real estate, abandoned in cars or at Walmarts, stranded on alien planets, or bound by utopian affinities and dystopian factions. In every case (well, except for one), they’re more of a family than the kin who raised them.
Click on the book covers above to read more about each title, then tell us below: Who are your favorite chosen families in fiction? (We may add your suggestions to our bookshelf!)
Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.
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