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The family Fang

by Wilson, Kevin, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2012
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"The Family Fang is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family....The best single word description would be brilliant."

--Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

A funny, poignant, laugh-and-cry-out-loud (sometimes at the same time) novel about the art of surviving a masterpiece of dysfunction. Meet The Family Fang, an unforgettable collection of demanding, brilliant, and absolutely endearing oddballs whose lives are risky and mischievous performance art. Basis for the major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman and Christopher Walken.

Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents, Caleb and Camille. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade and surrounded by the souvenirs of their unusual upbringing, Buster and Annie are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood.

"It's The Royal Tenenbaums meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I'd call The Family Fang a guilty pleasure, but it's too damn smart....A total blast."

--Hannah Pittard, author of The Fates Will Find Their Way

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Delivering on the high promise of his new-weirdness story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (2009), Wilson's first novel is more realistic but still no docudrama. The titular family are husband-and-wife performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang and their children, Annie and Buster, obliged from early childhood to collaborate in their parents' performances (the kids call them mischief), in the exhibited videos of which they are Child A and Child B. The stories of more than a dozen of their works are the flashback latter parts of chapters that begin with the contemporary main story, in which, after professional setbacks for each, late-twentysomethings Annie, a rising movie actress, and Buster, a novelist barely surviving as a tabloid journalist, come home. Shortly thereafter, Caleb and Camille disappear, possibly as victims of a serial killer. Annie and Buster aren't buying that; they think it's another performance. Taking Annie and Buster's side throughout, Wilson mixes dire humor and melancholy in the dysfunctional family chronicle that is the novel's ostensibly real-world basic structure. On that he mounts satire of modern-becoming-postmodern art (the Fangs' performances are exercises in making public disturbances, in which ordinary people are unwitting player-victims) and an implicit, scathing critique of how the baby-boom generation maltreated Gen X. Don't be surprised if this becomes one of the most discussed novels of the year.--Olson, Ra. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wilson's bizarre, mirthful debut novel (after his collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth) traces the genesis of the Fang family, art world darlings who make "strange and memorable things." That is, they instigate and record public chaos. In one piece, "The Portrait of a Lady, 1988," fragile nine-year-old Buster Fang dons a wig and sequined gown to undermine the Little Miss Crimson Clover beauty pageant, though he secretly desires the crown himself. In "A Modest Proposal, July 1988," Buster and his older sister, Annie, watch their father, Caleb, propose to mother, Camille, over an airliner's intercom and get turned down ("[A] plane crash would have been welcomed to avoid the embarrassment of what had happened"). Over the years, more projects consume Child A and Child B-what art lovers (and their parents) call the children-but it is not until the parents disappear from an interstate rest stop that the lines separating art and life dissolve. Though leavened with humor, the closing chapters still face hard truths about family relationships, which often leave us, like the grown-up Buster and Annie, wondering if we are constructing our own lives, or merely taking part in others'. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Fiction.
Performance artists -- Fiction.
Adult children living with parents -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Ecco,2012
Edition 1st Ecco pbk. ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published in hardcover: New York : Ecco, 2011.
Description 314 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 006157905X
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