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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385293925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385293921
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a collection of three stunning, ethereal novellas. Karen, the adolescent protagonist in "The Talisman," is doing poorly in Catholic boarding school. Every time she attempts to memorize facts, people from her past burst into her imagination: her mother, Natalia, often appears and begs Karen to understand Mark, Natalia's boyfriend; sometimes Mark arrives smelling like alcohol and tells Karen stories which require him to feel her body; always her friends, Missouri and Nicolasa, come to comfort and advise. In the title story, anecdotes about Ximena's Nicaraguan family are told through memory, conversation and descriptions of often-faceless photographs. Ximena, a middle-class woman living in Paris, wants to understand the relationship of her own comfortable French life to the tortured existence of her relatives in Samoza's Nicaragua. "Village of God and the Devil" is the story of the magic village of Deya, where ghosts are as real as memory and imagination. Written in deceptively simple and imaginative prose, Family Album is a dynamic blend of the natural and supernatural. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen

From the Publisher

Through forty years -- from Hollywood's golden days in World War II to the present -- Faye Price would create first a career as a legendary actress, then a family, and finally she would realize her dream of becoming one of Hollywood's first woman directors. But nothing was more precious to Faye than her five children. In a changing world, a milieu where family values are constantly challenged from without and within, the Thayers would face the greatest challenges and harshest test a family can endure, to emerge stronger, bound forever by loyalty and love. It is only when Faye is gone that they can each assess how far they have come, and how important their family album is.

Customer Reviews

This was written in Danielle Steel's good form.
Barbara McKenzie
What I like the most about this book is that the issues presented here are very real and can happen to anyone at a given point of our lives.
Maria D. Rivera
I read this before....but enjoyed again just as much as the first time.
Grams Kelley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Steel is at her best again. Faye is a woman with five children all of who are extremley different from one another.Her husband seems to take off everytime a problem arises.Faye is determined to love her children unconditionally even when she learns that her oldest son is gay. This book will take you through the ups and downs of life and how this family deals with their problems. It teaches you a lesson about life, not to give up when the going gets tough.So sit back and enjoy your ride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have read almost every novel that Danielle Steel has written, but Family Album was my first and it remains my favorite! This is a truly touching story about a family which, like many families, was full of problems and imperfections, but was also full of love. It was very easy to become attached to this cast of characters, and to feel as if they were people you knew. Faye Thayer is a truly phenominal woman who commands respect and admiration as she juggles a family and a successful career with style and grace at a time when most women couldn't even conceive of doing both. Family Album was the book that got me hooked on Danielle Steel, and it remains at the top of my list of favorites by her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on March 7, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 0440124344 - Oddly, I seem to be on a roll, reading books that begin during WWII and end in the next generation! Steel's done better, but it's a good story. The problems are more in the details than the storyline - Ward is an engaging, charming man one moment, and a petulant, spoiled child the next. Faye is a strong, capable woman, but it's hard to imagine that any strong, capable woman would put up with Ward's reactions to things not going his way. Most of the family falls in love with their soul mate on their first try, even if they don't realize it at first. It does take some effort to swallow some of it.

The Thayers have gathered to bury the heart of their family and Ward Thayer is devastated to the point of numbness. He met Faye Price during the war, when she traveled to entertain the troops. From Guadalcanal to the south of France, their love story is like everyone else's - they have their ups and downs, they fight, raise a family, have and lose everything, and love each other through it all. What makes it interesting, that their love story is so common, is that they are not. Ward is heir to a shipyard fortune and Faye is one of the brightest young stars of her time. Their life is glamorous and frivolous. All that ends when Faye discovers that Ward has been keeping a secret: they have almost nothing left! At this point, they've got five children, each other and a mountain of debt. Faye has a spine and Ward has an affair... and that's just the beginning.

The story of the family is realistic; the kids are people you can relate to, despite their wealth, most of the time. Besides, even in fiction, we all like to know that living in Hollywood doesn't mean they're not human, too. It's a fairly quick read, given that it's 400+ pages. I wouldn't buy it new, unless you're a big Steel fan.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jody L. Schoth on May 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This story is simply about a typical family, with some extraordinarly lives and careers, but typical family problems. Each and every person in this family creates their own conflict, and bonds the family into something bigger and stronger. I loved the movie for this story, but I loved the book more... of course! Each member does something to test the love of the entire family unit, and the results are extraordinary! Anyone from a big family, will love this one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.T. May on May 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Say what you will about Danielle Steel but when she's on, she's very on. "Family Album" is a beautifully woven yarn involving Faye, a woman of Hollywood, each member of her family and the changes they all endure both individually and as a family over the course of 40 years. Steel touches on so many familial issues here that it is rather easy to relate to, and I specifically enjoyed how tenderly she approached the subject of homosexuality. Throughout the novel, The Thayers evolve so brilliantly that it truly does feel like you are reading a quilt of a book with everyone's stories woven together, enhancing each section. This is arguably Steel's finest work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kath Mason on June 10, 2000
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All right! I am speaking to all of y'all who are devoted D/S fans and have read several of her books. Have ANY of you noticed just how similar "Family Album" is to "Jewels?" The only differences are: *FA is set in Hollywood while J is in France* *The husband in FA is more of a jerk at times and never gets crippled* *No one in J was homosexual or in a cult* These are really the only things that keep FA and J from being the exact same story. The children are quite alike and good portions of the "epics" take place during the same time. Please tell me I am not the only once who noticed this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
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It was about time a mainstream author wrote a family story that included a realistic depiction of the coming out process of a gay son, and the parents and siblings' reactions to it. I'd only just met my first gay person when I read this book. I've since come to learn that the father's reaction is, unfortunately often typical. I've also learned that gay couples can be just as committed and loving as heterosexual ones, as this book depicts. Thank you Ms. Steel!
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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