Friday, 27 January 2012

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

                                                The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art.
Their children called it mischief.
Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.
When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance–their magnum opus–whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.

My review:
 I'm not quite sure how I felt about The Family Fang. I wanted this to be a really great book, as I had heard really great things about it but I think I keep telling myself I liked it more than I actually did. While Kevin Wilson writes with humour I just didn't find the story interesting enough, and I believe I only continued reading the book in hope of some wonderful ending. There wasn't one. However, I truly enjoyed the flashbacks to when Child A and Child B were younger, as they were quite humorous. In all I feel a little underwhelmed by this book. Although The Family Fang is charming in parts I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone. All in all I gave it two out of five stars on Goodreads.
Here is Kevin Wilson reading an excerpt from The Family Fang. Who knows, maybe you'll enjoy it!

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