Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and every year I like to get into the mood—extend the holiday, as it were—by reading "Thanksgiving novels." I'd like to share my title list with you. Not surprisingly, these stories are mostly about family, about coming together to heal old hurts and giving thanks for the gift of love. Some of these books are only available used or at your library.
Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch
At the heart of this quirky, heartwarming story are two squabbling women—Holly Grey and her aunt Fiona—who want to have their house literally divided in half. Meanwhile, family drama swirls around them.
The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne
Another dysfunctional family comes together for Thanksgiving in this story of Cynthia, a writer who returns to Concord, Massachusetts, for a reunion with her estranged father.
Bitter Harvest by Susan Bowden
Michelle visits her elderly estranged grandmother Eleanor over Thanksgiving and finally meets her deceased mother's family. Is someone trying to harm Eleanor? Michelle decides to keep her safe—at great risk to herself. Highly suspenseful.
A Secret Affair by Barbara Taylor Bradford
In Venice to meet an old friend, war-weary foreign correspondent Bill spots a darkly beautiful woman sitting alone in a bar. The three American expatriates decide to spend Thanksgiving together, and a fateful love affair begins.
The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
This short story, a polished gem, is based on Capote's bittersweet memories of his early childhood. The narrator, Buddy, tells of the Thanksgiving that his eccentric spinster cousin invited Buddy's archenemy Odd Henderson to dinner. This extremely moving tale is one of my all-time favorites.
Courting Disaster by Julie Edelson
This whacky Southern novel centering on a Thanksgiving weekend explores how families deal with the loss of a child.
The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
Frank Bascom's second wife has left him and he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Can he bring his troubled family together for Thanksgiving weekend?
Dear James by Jon Hassler
Model Behavior by Jay McInerney
Classic Manhattan McInerney in this story of disillusioned celebrity journalist Connor. My favorite scene takes place during Thanksgiving dinner in a fancy restaurant, when Connor's father— Well, I'll let you find out what he does.
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
This one's not heartwarming; it's scary. A group of college students who opt to stay on campus over Thanksgiving inadvertently summon what they believe is the ghost of a student who died there years ago.
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
The story of a Baltimore family whose members have a tradition of meeting their angels. The story features a dysfunctional potluck Thanksgiving dinner without a turkey.
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Category fiction more to your taste? Try these.
Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meier
Have I missed any? Please let me know. Happy Thanksgiving!