The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende is a pretty epic book. It's about the lives of the Trueba family and their lives in Chile during a pretty tumultuous period of time. The patriarch, Esteban Trueba is pretty much an asshole. His character grows and changes throughout his life, but still a giant A at the end. All of the women in this story are great with the exception that they let Esteban boss them around. The women all have a magical side, and it's unclear whether it's entirely charm or maybe some real magic. I like that! The writing is also very rich which caused me to have to re-read parts, especially at night, but made for an excellent time. I would recommend this book to anyone to likes reading about families (especially women's relationships) and political history.