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The next racy, emotional, humorous, and thought-provoking novel from the author of Nookietown.

An unpredictable and entertaining tale of secrets, desires, and forgiveness spanning four generations of an American family.

In conservative, WASPy Larkspur, New Jersey, social expectations and decorum rule, and Marjorie and Dunsfield Thornden are the envy of their neighbors. Thei
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Bridget
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! It's title really captured the essence of what this book was about. I literally could not put it down. V C Chickering's command of character development and understanding was very evident throughout the novel. These flawed characters were really brought to life on every page and by the time I reached the book's conclusion, I felt as though I was part of this dysfunctional family, whether or not I wanted to be, "Twisted Family Values" was such an incredibly unique r ...more
C Bess
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page to last, I could not put this book down. Chickering conjures a WASP world that feels both real and outlandish in a family romp that hurtles headlong through several generations to a satisfying ending. "Twisted Family Values" is an offbeat novel has a little something for everyone: intrigue, taboo, romance, sex and plenty of laughs along the way. It's a fast-paced, sweetly funny take on a particular set of people doing their best to keep up appearances as the world changes aro ...more
Carin Ganjon
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the unraveling of all the characters. A great reminder that every family has their secrets and issues not one is perfect. It was a delight to read fun reminders of times past. Looking forward to reading again this summer! A perfect beach read.
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Thank you to St Martin’s Press and Netgalley for an ecopy of this book for review. This was a well written book focusing on decades in the lives of an extended family. At times the story is a bit cringe worthy and uncomfortable and at other times heartwarming and humorous. One thing that is maintained throughout the book is that the family wants to maintain a facade to keep their social standing in the community. Unfortunately this leads to many secrets that affect some of the family members for ...more
Annarella
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh and made me think. It's a funny satire and it's the realistic depiction of family life.
It's a page turner you can't put down, entertaining and full of food for thought.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Robert Larson
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Twisted Family Values" is the second novel by author V.C. Chickering. Her first novel, "Nookietown" was a sexy, comic farce about a group of divorcees and their married friends and a highly unusual arrangement they reached. Happily... for a little while. In her second novel, Chickering changes gears and focuses on a two families of privilege and all the fighting, loving and forgiving that ensues over the decades. Chickering writes with flare and wit and captures the stylistic details of each de ...more
Heather Hess
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed Chickering's family dynamics. Yes, the relationships are uncomfortable and messy at times, but that’s life and I found that discomfort interesting.

This story is complicated, uncomfortable, and messy. In other words, it’s written for adults. Don’t bother if you’re going to be impatient or judge the characters—this is as honest as it gets and I liked that.

Beautifully nuanced, honest, and real.
Karen McClellan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sure the story gets uncomfortable but life is uncomfortable. The story flows well between the years and the characters are well developed. Enjoyable read, worth the time. Flows well between decades and I appreciate all of the appropriate references to the items, music, food that we all remember. You won't be disappointed.
Elly Lonon
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s not to love about this plucky, irreverent, and deliciously-twisted family? In turns salacious and sarcastic, the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. And those steamy sex scenes….hubba. What a fun romp through the suburbs (and the decades)! It’s the perfect beach (or snuggling on the couch in pajamas) read!
Estella Haines
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It perfectly captures a series of decades in a family...you can relive the fashions, trends, social standards and cultural references. There are quips, comments and situations that have you laughing out loud. The characters are well developed and you want to find out what will happen next in this family saga. I can see this as being a great summer read.
Jessica Greenberg
Funny, highly entertaining read about a NJ WASP family through the years. I couldn’t put it down!
Michele
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being legally blind, I had a friend read this book to me.

Not to many books make me laugh out loud. This one did.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
Linda Zagon
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
V.C. Chickering, Author of "Twisted Family Values" has written an entertaining, unique, sexy, witty,  dysfunctional family novel. This has almost the feel of a satire and dark humor. The title says it all. In this novel are deep family secrets, scandals, and is quite unpredictable. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, and Women's Fiction. The author describes her dysfunctional characters as quirky, complicated, complex and dramatic. This certainly would make a good soap o ...more
Linda Zagon
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
V.C. Chickering, Author of "Twisted Family Values" has written an entertaining, unique, sexy, witty,  dysfunctional family novel. This has almost the feel of a satire and dark humor. The title says it all. In this novel are deep family secrets, scandals, and is quite unpredictable. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, and Women's Fiction. The author describes her dysfunctional characters as quirky, complicated, complex and dramatic. This certainly would make a good soap o ...more
Michaela
Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Becky Brown
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Perfect summer read! This family soap opera travels through the decades with wit and an honest eye. I didn’t always like these characters or their actions, but I needed to find out what happened next. And isn’t that the hallmark of a great novel?
Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was a very good read. This family puts the “d” in dysfunction. Well written and engrossing. I highly recommend this read. The characters were well thought out and interesting. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the arc of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on my review.
Kristin
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review."

Loved this book very much. It had just enough sweet, funny romance and the storyline was great! I highly recommend!
Catherine Mack
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A well to do family gradually learns through the years how to set aside pride and embrace and understand each other for who they are. This story is well written and flows through the decades in an easy to read manner. Loved the music references throughout the story. The characters are well developed. A family secret that the reader knows but the characters do not makes it a book one wants to keep reading. The complicated relationships of the family keeps ...more
Rebecca
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twisted Family Values is a great book, but it is certainly not for everyone. Incredibly well-written, this novel takes morally ambiguous characters and makes them almost likable. There were many points in the book where I questioned my own morals in sticking with reading this book, yet Chickering's writing kept me engaged until the last page. There will certainly be triggers for some while reading this book (incest, sexual assault), but those who are able to look past these subjects matters are ...more
Amy Zlatic
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Hooked on this almost from the very beginning. The characters quickly drew me in and had me thinking about them even when I wasn't reading, which to me is a sign of a good book. There were parts that made me just burst out laughing, and other parts - the family dysfunction stuff - that hit close to home. I think anyone with a family (and that's almost all of you) will find s
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Mark
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required beach reading! Intensely funny and always surprising, Chickering adeptly captures the ‘80s through the trials and travails of one classic family. While the story keeps the book in your hand, the quick wit and well crafted banter will keep you entertained from the first page to the last. The only reason this book isn’t in your beach bag is you can’t put it down. Highly Recommended.
Beth
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I was able to read this book thanks to NetGalley. I was thoroughly entertained by this quirky novel. I enjoyed the family dynamics as well as the fun cultural references and romance. It’s a fairly easy read that is perfect for upcoming summer vacation. I will be recommending to friends. Thanks again for the chance to read it.
Linda
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked Nookietown, by Chickering, you will love Twisted Family Values. Once again Chickering is pushing the readers' social/moral boundaries with this "twisted family," but keep reading there is an unexpected twist at the end.
Natalie
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, smart and complex characters. I could not put it down, this is a perfect weekend read at the beach. Great dialogue and engaging descriptions of scenes from the 1970s - to present all perfect backdrop to a unique perspective on the importance of acceptance, love, forgiveness and family.
Elizabeth
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick, fun read. I struggled in the beginning a bit but was so glad I stuck with it. It really pulled me in. Great ending!
Andrea Bromfeld
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book. I couldn't put it down. Extremely entertaining with lots of twists and turns. What a family!
Janet
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019ng, kindle
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

An unpredictable and entertaining tale of secrets, desires, and forgiveness spanning four generations of an American family.

In WASPy Larkspur, New Jersey, social expectations and decorum rule, and Marjorie and Dunsfield Thornden are the envy of their neighbours. Their daughters Claire and C
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Lori Duff
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twisted Family Values by V.C. Chickering is a sexy gem of a book that spans generations without ever taking itself too seriously.
It follows the twin sagas of Bizzy and Choo, two children of the Thornden family. The Thorndens have money and the reputation and privilege that goes along with it. It doesn’t occur to most of them until about 2/3 of the way through the book that the world doesn’t revolve around their comings, goings, and doings. Bizzy and Choo (actually Elizabeth and Charles, who by
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V.C. Chickering has written the novels TWISTED FAMILY VALUES (dysfunctional family saga, June 2019) and NOOKIETOWN (funny/racy romp, March 2017) both published by St. Martin’s Press. She’s also written for BUST as “Tori Galore,” Cosmo, and The Washington Post magazines as well as MTV, Comedy Central, Lifetime, and Oxygen. Her essays have been published in the anthologies The BUST Guide to the New ...more