Authors for The Whole Family: a Novel by Twelve Authors include William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton Vorse, Mary Stewart Cutting, Elizabeth Jordan, John Kendrick Bangs, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edith Wyatt, Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, Alice Brown, and Henry Van Dyke. The story of the Talbert family was first published in 1908. The main character is the young daughter and her experiences in and out of love. The old-maid aunt transforms into a liberated woman and becomes the rival of the younger niece. As each author finishes his chapter he creates a problem for the following author to solve. The reader will enjoy watching each author extricate himself from the trap set by his predecessor.