While raising our families together on the same Philadelphia block, we often joked about digging a tunnel between our houses, a dream that provided inspiration for our new novel, Pretty Little World. Although we were never able to formally join our own households, we were able to live vicariously through the three close-knit families in Pretty Little World, who decide to tear down the walls between their adjacent row houses and create a secret, modern-day commune. An experiment is born — one that could break these three families... or make them even stronger. Either way, everyone involved will be forced to reexamine what "family" actually means to them.
The shared living space idea — three houses in one — truly took on a life of its own, and as we were writing it together, we realized some of our favorite books are ones that have really memorable houses — books like Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind or Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. In these novels, the houses were just as fascinating, layered, and dynamic as the people who lived within them. Here’s a list of some of our favorite novels that feature homes as unforgettable as the characters: