Novel Description: A story following three families in three different countries at different time lines, all of whom experience some of the most shocking events in recent history, and their stories intertwine in the most incredible circumstances. Families: Very basic description of their storylines, each family has their own host of sub-plots. India- An Indian family who are farmers struggling with the recent drought and lack of monsoon seasons. Build an orphanage and school for the street children in their village. They are struck by the 2004 Tsunami. United States - Immigrant family, half Albanian/Egyptian, parents escaped Kosovo war/Dictatorship for a better life. Three adult children who are essentially the main characters of the novel, each have their own story lines. They experience 9/11 Zimbabwe - A mother with three children, struggling in an AIDs ridden village. Militia invade their village, wanting to recruit child soldiers and massacre the adults. They experience rebel militia massacre during Mugabe's Rein. Like I mentioned before, these are the most vague descriptions of the basic plot for each family. Each family has a host sub-plots and become interconnected through very special circumstances which I won't reveal as they are spoilers. Have there been any other novels dealing with intertwining story lines revolving around these kind of events spanning many decades?