The Family Fang: A Novel by Kevin WilsonThe Family Fang: A Novel by Kevin Wilson

The Family Fang: A Novel

byKevin Wilson

Paperback | April 17, 2012

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Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman and Christopher Walken.

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

“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

Owen King (We’re All in This Together) calls author Kevin Wilson, “the unholy child of George Saunders and Carson McCullers.” With his novel, The Family Fang, the Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth comes through in a BIG way, with 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. If the writing of Gary Shteyngart, Miranda July, Scarlett Thomas, and Charles Yu excites you, you’ll certainly want to invite this Family into your home.

Kevin Wilson is the author of the collection,Tunneling to the Center of the Earth(Ecco/HarperPerennial, 2009), which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award. His fiction has appeared in four volumes of theNew Stories from the South: The Year's Bestanthology, and he has received fellows...
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Title:The Family Fang: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006157905X

ISBN - 13:9780061579059

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from a quirky read I love quirky reads and this one was pretty good
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky A quirky upbringing with laughs and a little mystery involved, a joy to read !
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good Great book, great story, great characters, great pacing, great everything. Just when you think you're catching up and things make sense, the Fangs go and do their thing - again. Real enjoyable read from start to finish. Read it before you see the movie.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from They F!?$k you up, your mum and dad... A darkly humorous and enjoyable read about the consequences of life imitating art--or rather becoming it.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Once a Fang, always a Fang I’m finally working through the books I’ve read but neglected to review, and this one comes in 11 months after. “The Family Fang” has a very interesting premise revolving around a family of artists who experiments with various art forms in numerous settings to get a reaction out of an audience, which in the Fang’s family case, unaware members of the public. The two Fang kids are unwittingly dragged into their parents’ wacky behaviour borne out of their devotion to the performing arts and this has reverberations on Annie and Buster’s lives, good and bad. It seems the more they try to distance themselves from the extremities of their family lifestyle, the more they are brought closer to what it means to be a member of the Fang clan. Kevin Wilson deftly brings out the humourous nature of the plot, without neglecting the intricate dynamics of this dysfunctional family. He writes in a whimsical tone, and even though Wilson isn’t British, his writing style had quite the British wit that I enjoy. Very much a light-hearted, comical family tragedy, “The Family Fang” is a great read for someone looking for something quick and quirky.
Date published: 2012-09-23

Editorial Reviews

“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. Like everything else Kevin Wilson does, I have never seen anything like it before. The best single word description would be genius.”