In Titans, Leila Meacham crafts a grand Texas family epic, by way of Dickens, about the titans of the titans of Texas: ranching and oil. Meacham considers family and home. What is family? Is it always blood? Or is family whom we choose to be ours? Is home a specific place, a plot of land, or house? Or is home actually family, no matter where you are? Or, maybe, home is a state of mind.
The briskly paced plot is deceptively simple, allowing Meacham’s complex characters significant development. Titans is set at the turn of the twentieth century, and Meacham’s younger women reflect the growing independence and changing roles of women in American society. Betrayal and generational change are major themes in Titans: tangled relationships, secrets, and competing motivations. Like Watergate, it becomes essential to determine who knew what and when they knew it.
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