The Whole Family: a Novel by Twelve Authors

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A 1908 NaNoWriMo forerunner, told in twelve chapters, each with a different author. The basic plot was to show how an engagement or marriage would affect and be affected by an entire family. The project became somewhat curious for the way the authors' contentious interrelationships mirrored the sometimes dysfunctional family they described in their chapters. The collaboration may have been an uncomfortable one, but a final product did emerge with some clever and entertaining contributions from its often squabbling authors. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia and others by Annise) (7 hr 32 min)


The Father, by William Dean Howells 41:58 Read by Tom Lennon
The Old-maid Aunt, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman 42:35 Read by MaryAnn
The Grandmother, by Mary Heaton Vorse 24:17 Read by Amy Gramour
The Daughter-in-Law, by Mary Stewart Doubleday Cutting 26:55 Read by Kalynda
The School-Girl, by Elizabeth Jordan 29:33 Read by Heather Lawrence
The Son-in-Law, by John Kendrick Bangs 34:44 Read by Sandra Estenson
The Married Son, by Henry James 1:04:33 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
The Married Daughter, by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 43:09 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Mother, by Edith Wyatt 31:35 Read by TriciaG
The School-Boy, by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews 43:52 Read by David Stryker
Peggy, by Alice Brown 38:03 Read by Vsilverlining
The Friend of the Family, by Henry van Dyke 31:01 Read by David Leeson