The Family Fang is a quirky tale that defies easy categorization. I listened to it twice, which I almost never do, and found the second time to be even more interesting and shocking than the first.
There is a dark, uncomfortable sort of humor throughout, that's oddly enjoyable. Think "The Loved One" or something by Muriel Spark. Although the characters themselves are truly out of the ordinary, there is something universal regarding the relationships between the grown up children "A" and "B" and their driven, bizarre parents that gives a lot of opportunity for thought.
There's also a wonderful depiction of the world of creative arts -- performance art, acting, painting and writing -- that I found fun and moving.
My book club chose this book and we had a great time discussing it. Members brought a lot of interesting personal perspectives in response to the plot line, characters and themes of The Family Fang. I can imagine that some people might find the story too odd for them to enjoy, but even though there are some very dark ideas here, there is also a positive, hopeful feel to the book that makes it much more than a just a depressing read.
Therese Plummer was a fantastic narrator. She was able to perform the parts of children, men and. women, and even did a great job singing when needed.
All in all, The Family Fang is on my best book list. I may even have to buy an actual book version of it!
This intricate novel had a lot of excitement, well defined characters and romance, but the story line seemed to be enough for three books and too much for one. The end especially, although interesting, could have been a separate book by itself. I enjoyed the performance by Rebecca Cook and felt a little disappointed that the story line just was a little too much in an otherwise interesting novel.
The narrator's voice ably conveys different characters' ages, ethnicity and sex with subtlety and charm.
I read the sequel first, "Dreaming in English" and loved it. "Veil of Roses" is just as wonderful. Read them both!
This is an amazing book, and is a great example of how an audible book can be a better experience than reading the same book. It is difficult at times, but it also was riveting, hilarious and poignant.
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