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The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
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Nov 19, 11

bookshelves: 2011_publish, art
Read from October 06 to 12, 2011

I loved every moment I was reading The Family Fang. If I had to sum the book up in one word, it would be "quirky." The characters are quirky, the situations they are in are quirky, just about everything about this book is quirky--in a good way. Which is what you get when your parents are performance artists, I guess.

Each chapter of the main plot alternates with a flashback chapter showing one of the Fangs' "happenings," where they would create art through making a bit of chaos. This is always a family affair, and Buster and Annie just have to go with it. From making their kids attempt to play instruments for a street crowd while singing about killing all parents, to creating candy chaos in a mall store, the Fang kids have been exploited by their parents their entire lives. It's no wonder, then, that when they set out on their own they fail, and must seek refuge back in their parents' home.

There are plenty of twists and turns in the story, and you manage to laugh at and feel bad for the characters all at once. This book is hilarious, and will also make you look at your own relationship with your parents and how it evolves as you grow up, as well as your relationship(s) with siblings. This is a surefire good read for fans of The Royal Tennenbaums and anything with Salinger's Glass family.

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