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The Family Fang Audiobook

The Family Fang

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Filled with Kevin Wilson's endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.

©2011 Kevin Wilson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Family Fang sparkles with Kevin Wilson’s inventive dialogue and wonderfully rendered set-pieces that capture the surreal charm of the Fang’s most notable work. With this brilliant novel, the family Fang is destined to join the families Tenenbaum and Bluth as paragons of high dysfunction." (Amazon.com review; Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011)

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    Heather Long Beach, CA, United States 11-26-11
    Heather Long Beach, CA, United States 11-26-11
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    "Loved this book"

    Original and engaging. Couldn't stop listening. This book was very unique in plot, but its heart is in its characters, which is what made it so good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 11-23-11
    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 11-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I knew nothing about this book when I bought it--I was attracted to the title. I love vampire books, however, this is NOT one. It is a family story about a crazier-than-usual family. I don't want to give anything away, but nothing is quite as it seems over and over. The reader is terrific. I laughed, smiled, cried, and all around enjoyed The Family Fang. Kevin Wilson is funny and profound.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph California 12-15-11
    Ralph California 12-15-11 Member Since 2015
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    "very creative but unsettling"

    I liked this book a lot! But the parents, as parents, were very unsettling. Even though I really liked this book, I am still undecided if it would not have been a stronger and better ending to NOT have included the final chapter. Before the final chapter, the story built up to such a poignant and emotionally powerful place. The resolution of A & B???s lives in the last chapter, although forward looking and hopeful, at least for me, dulled the emotional ???edge??? created in the climactic scene.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 07-11-14
    Ruth Bain 07-11-14

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    "Good narration wasted on this oddball story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might appeal to those who can find humor in oddball characters and dysfunctional family dynamics.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration was really good, and was the only reason I stayed with the story. Therese Plummer can change character with her voice, and she made each character distinctive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jess boulder, CO, United States 11-04-12
    Jess boulder, CO, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "annoying, cutesy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone else would enjo it. For me it was way too cutesy and trying to be eccentric.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a book by Margot Livesey or Lionel Shriver


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Thr narrator was not at fault for my overall bad review. She did the best she could do with this story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator. I didn't listen past the first hour, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not my style. I bought it becase it was $.95. I love that Audible offers refunds. It makes me unafraid to try a new author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 07-22-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Unique and Interesting"

    I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book - the story of the eccentric family and their "artistic" adventures made for a fun listen. The remainder of the story became convoluted and required a little more diligence to stay focused and invested in the final resolution. Overall, a unique and interesting book worth consideration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    analyzethis USA, Europe, M.E. 02-16-12
    analyzethis USA, Europe, M.E. 02-16-12
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    "Fantastic - get this one right now!"
    Would you listen to The Family Fang again? Why?

    Yes, I think I would, and that's saying a lot because I almost never listen to or read books a second time.


    What other book might you compare The Family Fang to and why?

    It's actually quite unique. On the one hand it is obviously absurd, but it never leaves the realm of the just-barely-possible. You are constantly thinking - yes, there ARE people like this, and they MIGHT do things like this. It's not like someone waking up as a cockroach...And, despite their overall weirdness, you grow to like and care about each of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What I actually liked best was that there were several instances where I thought I had reached the end of the book - only to discover that it was another plot turn and the story continued to yet another fabulous entertaining chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't buy this book because it sounded too weird. What a mistake that would have been. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read, EVER. You can read it on many levels, think about it - or not - be surprised and entertained and moved. Trust me. Get this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Madison, WI, United States 02-01-12
    Don Madison, WI, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing and a bit trite"

    Follows the lives to two dysfunctional siblings from a very dysfunctional family, as their lives fall apart, and then they put themselves back together. The story of the siblings is depressing (and it's hard to believe how stupid some of their actions are as their lives fall apart), and then the later section where their lives come back together seems somewhat trite and unbelievable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Southern Pines, NC, United States 01-21-12
    Deb Southern Pines, NC, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "One strange tale"
    What did you love best about The Family Fang?

    Quite an innovative story. I was left wanting more at the end. The ultimate tale of parents' that loved making art more than they loved their offspring. An odd form of art also!


    What other book might you compare The Family Fang to and why?

    Not many like these


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me think.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Atlanta, GA, United States 01-06-12
    Phyllis Atlanta, GA, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Original, captivating storytelling"
    Where does The Family Fang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm going to put The Family Fang in the top 1/3 of my huge number of audiobooks listening.


    What other book might you compare The Family Fang to and why?

    I'd say Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - family dynamics portrayed with empathy, imagination, and magical realism.


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Therese Plummer before - and she is just wonderful. Possibly the best narrator I've heard so far. VERY impressed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - but I listen to my audiobooks in the car and while at the gym. Almost never in one sitting - unless I have a long road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    I really appreciated the originality of this book - and the first rate narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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