I loved The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It tells the story of a family that moves to the Congo in 1959 because of the missionary father, and the subsequent conflicts which ensue.
There are 5 females in the story (the mother and 4 children), and each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the 5 females. Very interesting and individual characters, and the writing is inspiring. The story spans nearly 40 years.