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The Family Fang Audiobook

The Family Fang

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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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    Marissa Scranton, PA, United States 05-26-14
    Marissa Scranton, PA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A story that stays with you"

    I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I'm still thinking about it. I didn't want to write a review right away because I felt I was not able to do this book justice until I thought about it for a while.
    At first, I didn't think I liked this book at all because, to be honest, the characters are not easy to initially relate to. Buster and Annie are the adult children of performance artists. Over the years, they have had to partake in many performances (many against their will). They have tried to distance themselves from their parents and make their own way (Annie as an actress and Buster as a writer), but recent troubles have found them living back at home again. Something mysterious and strange occurs that brings Annie and Buster together, causing them to relive many of their childhood memories.
    All I can say is that by the end of the book, I felt like I knew Annie and Buster. I think that is the beauty of Kevin Wilson's story is that I can't pinpoint when I fell in love with these characters, but it happened.
    I would re-listen to this book gladly. I hope Kevin Wilson writes another book soon that is equally as endearing as the The Family Fang. This was easily one of my best Audible purchases.

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    Scott Southern California 02-12-14
    Scott Southern California 02-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Fresh and fun."
    If you could sum up The Family Fang in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh, out-of-the-box, unique.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Fang?

    I was intrigued and also twisted inside as the parents would use their children in various ways to create performance art.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a fun find for me. It was different and unusual and really made me think all while be very enjoyable. Loved it!

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    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 02-08-14
    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.

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    "Unusual book"

    These are not likable people, however, the book is very well written and very well narrated. You find yourself cheering for the children of this odd couple to succeed in life in spite of their parents.

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    Barbara 08-09-13
    Barbara 08-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Quirky, captivating and very well read."

    This was one of those can't-stop-listening stories that made me carry my iPhone around the house to keep listening. Gives new meaning to the phrase "dysfunctional family" but in an utterly original way.

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    Andrew LAFAYETTE, CA, United States 04-10-13
    Andrew LAFAYETTE, CA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "art, life, family"
    What did you like best about this story?

    There are a lot of twists and turns. The character development is very good. The take-away points about art, family, and individuality are quite deep without being preachy.


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    Sharon Boulder, CO, USA 03-27-13
    Sharon Boulder, CO, USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2002
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    "A true original"

    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!

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    Nancy 03-26-13
    Nancy 03-26-13
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    "Quirky characters, yet believable"
    Would you listen to The Family Fang again? Why?

    Yes, just to hear the funny scenes created by the Fang family in the interest of art. I really got a chuckle out of those.


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

    A little bit of Royal Tannenbaums, but better, there is some mystery involved, but I can't think of a movie comparison.


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

    Plummer reads in such a way that her voice delivers the story without distraction. The listener is able to attend to the story without noticing an unusual tone of voice or odd pronunciations from the reader. She does adjust her voice to the characters, but it is subtle and effective.


    Any additional comments?

    The book jumps back and forth from the childhood years of the two Fang children when the family was creating art by including their children in fantastic scenes of conflict in public to the children as adults. The children have suffered psychologically due to their unusual childhoods, but then haven't we all?

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    k Grafton, VA, United States 11-11-12
    k Grafton, VA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "hilarious & sad w/out lowering to farce or pathos"

    Listen to this book. You will laugh out loud at inappropriate times and feel the weight of the children's' burden at others -- in fact often at the same time. You will like the children and feel for them in their efforts to emerge from the bizarre cocoon their parents wove for them. You will struggle to understand the parents and to decide whether the ends of love are worth the means. You will want to see more from this author and hear more from this narrator. This is a unique offering -- a rare treat.

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    R. E. Cohen 11-08-12
    R. E. Cohen 11-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful reading wonderful story"
    If you could sum up The Family Fang in three words, what would they be?

    can't stop thinking


    What did you like best about this story?

    can't stop laughing


    Any additional comments?

    The epilogue wasn't necessary--detracts from the story. Should have ended before.

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    M. Levine 10-18-12
    M. Levine 10-18-12
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this one!"

    Memorable characters, plenty of surprises, and a great narrator. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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