Such a novel is Irene Zabytko's THE SKY UNWASHED, wherein the inexplicable events of the larger world are broken down into the small constituent tragedies which lie at the core and which history too often overlooks.
The idea was good, I just didn't like the writing that much. I found it far too disjointed. The characters didn't build up in any coherent manner. However I found the subject matter interesting and learnt a lot from reading the book.