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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Pointless

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Probably nothing. The story was so annoying.

What could Kevin Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Had decent performance art. The Fangs' was just boring.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her boy's voice was annoying.

What character would you cut from The Family Fang?

the parents

Any additional comments?

I have no idea why this book got awards. I am not a fan of performance art but these performance artists were so lame. I couldn't wait for the book to end (I listened to the audiobook) and because I bought it, was determined to get to the end. It just seemed totally pointless.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Heading.

Liked it. Didn't love it. Very thoughtful take on artistry. A few good twists and turns, too.

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Phenomenal all the way around

Possibly the best fiction I've ever read and the narration is equally as outstanding! I was worried it would be too 'heavy' a read for me based on some comments but I found it to be simply captivating all the way to the end where it was all perfectly wrapped up and left me with a sense of closure. I'm so thrilled to have found this audio book!

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Not Fangtastic but it was ok with a dash of quirk.

I didn't love it but I didn't loathe it. Makes me feel a lot more confident about my own parenting lol.

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Glad to have found this one.

This book was a suggested title after I made a purchase and I gave it a try. Glad I did because it was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fantastic Story, Even Better Narration

Where does The Family Fang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best, by far.

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

Hard to really say.....stands out for being itself.

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

She's the reason I was so enthralled. This is the first time that I'm going to seek out books based on the performance of the narrator. Therese Plummer is excellent! All the voices are perfect, and I could SEE the characters based on her inflections.

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

Yes! I found stuff to do around the house just so I could finish.

Any additional comments?

There are a ton of literary easter eggs in this book, including a reference to John Cheever that had me laughing for days.

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Interesting story, hard to listen to

Though the plot and family dynamics are captivating enough, this is a hard book to listen to. The sentences are not well crafted and I feel for the reader who must say "he said," "he said," "she said" so often is becomes jarring. I'd rather have read it.

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Kevin Wilson puts the fun into dysfunction

Loved the Fangs - Caleb and Camille Fang create bizarre performance arts, and then get their two children - A and B (Annie and Buster) into the mayhem. The children grow up and both make a series of bad decisions causing them to try to return home. Funny, quick read.

If you like quirky - you'll enjoy.

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  • Barbara
  • FT LARAMIE, WY, United States
  • 09-05-13

Different

Where does The Family Fang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A book that is quite a confusion, plot is all over story ends up ok but frustrating.

What did you like best about this story?

A&B

Which scene was your favorite?

The potato gun.

If you could rename The Family Fang, what would you call it?

Parents gone wild.

Any additional comments?

Different ending would be great.

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A true Fang Experience

Would you listen to The Family Fang again? Why?

Yes. Excellent performance and great writing. Wonderful story

What did you like best about this story?

Made my childhood seem completely "normal".

Which scene was your favorite?

Buster getting shot by the potato

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

I wanted it to last.