Family Pictures: A Novel

Family Pictures: A Novel

by Jane Green
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Family Pictures: A Novel by Jane Green

New York Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed

From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes Family Pictures, the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250025951
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 58,966
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

JANE GREEN is the author of Family Pictures, and a dozen other bestselling novels dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in-between, with her trademark wisdom, wit, and warmth. She writes a daily blog and contributes to various publications including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Wowowow, and Self. A foodie and passionate cook, most weekends see her cooking for quests in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and their six children.
A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Jane Green took a leap of faith when she left, in 1996, to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was a hit in England, and Green was an overnight success. She's since written many bestselling novels including The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate. Most weekends see her cooking for a minimum of twenty people in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, filling her house with friends and looking after their animals, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.


Westport, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1968

Place of Birth:

London, England


"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."

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Family Pictures 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe my expectations were too high, but I thought too many pages were devoted to bland dialogue that added nothing to the story. The premise of the story was good, but the characters weren't fleshed out enough for me to spend dozens of pages with them as they discussed dinner plans, chatted with girlfriends, and wondered about their career plans. The last half of the book showed the most promise, but by then I was too irritated for it too matter. I think Jane Green has great potential, but this book was not her finest work. I'll still check out other books of hers, but will try one or two from the library first before parting with anymore money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of jane green, i was disappointed to find she wrote such an unrealistic, sappy novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Jane Green fan and am wondering if she really wrote the book. The story was predictable and unbelievable at the same time. The writing was awful and the book was just awful. The writing style was terrible and incoherent at times. Jane is a great writer and I usually look forward to her books, however I feel that she is starting to slip. Her best books were the ones that took place in London. Possibly she needs to go back to London to write. I am so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane Green never disappoints,her writing really pulls me in and then i cant put the book down till I'm finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling like all Green's books, while simple and easy to read, it was a page turner. A great short read for Spring Break. My only complaint would be the characters and lack of depth of each. I found myself resembled in one of the main characters and felt she needed a better ending; perhaps Green's connection with Connecticut brought one character to a 'better' ending than the other. Of course, the story line was great, a little 'fantastic' but good none-the-less. Would have loved to see more, maybe another book with the same characters from the last part of the book.
frolicndetour More than 1 year ago
The reason I like Jane Green's novels is that they deal with issues that are realistic and that any woman may face at some point in her life. While the main plot line was outside of the norm in that it doesn't happen very often, it wasn't that was the plot contrivances that led to the revelation of the secret that were just silly. Disappointing...the quality of her novels has definitely gone down over the last few books.
gasgal More than 1 year ago
I typically enjoy books by Jane Green and was excited when this one was released. However, I was very disappointed. The plot of the book jumped all over the place and was very contrived. Characters were not well developed with a few characters appearing seemingly randomly with no real purpose to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end...kept me engaged and wanting to read "just two more pages" each night while falling asleep! This was my first time reading Jane Green but will be purchasing another soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follow up to her 1st novel with the same characters. Great story line and detail. It made you really understand and feel their pain. I'm glad I ordered the nook version for my iPad.
sharynVA More than 1 year ago
I found it hard to believe that both wives could be portrayed as such incompetent, childish women. It was hard for me to grasp how either could have believed the lies and lived in such ignorance. I didn't feel much sympathy for either of them. Also found the coincidence of the two daughters meeting hard to believe. I did find the book readable as the premise was interesting. If the characters had been more self-sufficient and less shallow I might have rated this book higher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe any author can write a good book. However it takes a special author to really get me into a book so deep that I connect and root for the people in it. I have read several of Janes books and they are all excellent! Keep up the good work! Your books make me think of how to make my life and those around me better and happier.
vic5 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book.  I believe you have to suspend disbelief sometimes in order to enjoy a book or movie.  So, while the ending isn't probable, it feels great to think it could be.  I thought the book was unique and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring and extremely predictable!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Jane Green did it again. Excellent didnt want it to end. Loved all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After getting into "brit chick lit", I came across Jane Green, hoping to find a similar genre. I was very off! I would probably compare Green to Jodi Picoult. This book is NOT in any way cute, uplifting or very good. It was mostly depressing w/ way too many unimportant details. I found the whole story to be too much of a downer to enjoy it, the characters were so sad!
Bookwoorm More than 1 year ago
Not great for Green. Too much idle gossip and predictability. Also, it's unrealistic and the characters lack depth and are unlikable. Many random elements in the story and there are no unique elements. It was difficult to push myself through the first 3/4 of the novel. I was disappointed because I think Green's readers are more intelligent than this novel suggests. 
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
Everyone hides a secret or two  Sylvie and Maggie are two women with great children, wonderful friends, and an amazing husband.   The problems in their lives are minimal and nothing coming cannot be handled.  All that changes in the blink of an eye when a freak coincidence causes the calm on the water that is their existence to become a tsunami.  When everything comes apart at the seams and the two women are forced to begin again one woman builds from strength while the other woman wanders with no foreseeable course of action.   Granted this disaster is in no part their creation but when suffering through a nightmare at some point you have to wake up and face the day.  The changes that take place, the things you must give up, and the sacrifices you are forced to make will show your true character.  When answering the question of "do you like this book" one wow it was amazing will on begin to describe how phenomenal the story is.  Jane Green consistently writes stories that show how strong women are under any circumstance and where our strength comes from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good twist of fate, and good read. it actually happened to a relative. so made it very believable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It intertwines real life problems with characters everyone can associate with. Please read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many Jane Green books. I loved this story. If you like her writing you will enjoy this one! It is fast reading, although I have read this before "beach season" this would be a great beach read!
lisalisa17 More than 1 year ago
This book is entertaining & fast reading. Good not great.
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
It took awhile to get into this book. The first 1/3 was kind of boring but finally it did get quite good. I would have liked as much background on Maggie & her family as there was on Sylvie and hers. This is a story of two women living very different lives, very far away from each other. Sylvie is a woman of simple tastes and creative interests who lost her husband years ago and now her daughter and her are putting their lives back together slowly… Maggie is a rich yet insecure woman married 25 years with 3 kids and a very busy husband. I really can not say much more with out giving the plot away… these two women and their families come together in many Unexpected, horrible and joyous ways. I laughed and cried while reading this book and would recommend it.
anonomas More than 1 year ago
This was just OK. Not as good as her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and fun read! Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good but I prefer Too Crazy To Live to Beautiful to Die This was a good read though too.