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Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents, Caleb and Camille. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade and surrounded by the souvenirs of their unusual upbringing, Buster and Annie are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood.

Written with tremendous heart, wit, and honesty, Kevin Wilson's The Family Fang is a "comedy, a tragedy, and a tour de force....The best single-word description would be genius" Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder).

Review:

"As he did in Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson asks big questions with subtle humor and deep tenderness." NPR.org

Review:

"What can you say for a novel about performance artists that begins 'Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. Their children called it mischief'? ...That it's totally weird, and pretty wonderful. Most of all, that it manages to be brainy without sacrificing heart." O, the Oprah Magazine

Review:

"[A] bizarre, mirthful debut novel...leavened with humor." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"The premise of this book is so perfect I can't believe it hasn't been done before ...a hugely likable book — funny, colorful, and memorable, if not beautiful and strange....I read this book swiftly and compulsively, like sipping thirstily at a fruity cocktail on a hot summer evening." BookBrowse.com review

Review:

"[Family Fang] allows Wilson to dazzle and amuse us with some very inventive and provocatively imagined performance art." BookPage

Review:

"Kevin Wilson introduces The Family Fang, a winningly bizarre clan on the brink." Vanity Fair

Review:

"A highly engaging and imaginative first novel...Wilson has a gift for characterization and dialogue." Art in America

Review:

"Wild....Kudos for wit and quirky imagination." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"The kids are not all right in this debut novel about a brother and sister poorly navigating the bizarre world of their parents — obsessive performance artists who force their children to participate in their kooky pieces." Los Angeles Magazine

Review:

"Kevin Wilson's novel, The Family Fang, was one of the most talked about titles at BEA...[The Family Fang has] the whimsy reminiscent of a Wes Anderson flick....Wilson pulls the fuzzy line between art and life very taut." Publishers Weekly Fall Preview: Top Ten Literary Fiction

Review:

"I recently read Kevin Wilson's novel The Family Fang , which is so strange and original and hysterically funny. It's about a husband and wife who are performance artists and force their young children to be part of their art project. It's a book like nothing else." Ann Patchett, Time Magazine

Review:

"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. Here, finally, is a much needed reminder that astute fiction can still be a total blast." Hannah Pittard, author of The Fates Will Find Their Way

Review:

"Wilson writes stylishly...but his real skill is...building up a slow-drip mystery....And [this] isn't the kind of book you [can] set aside....(I'm looking at you, Swamplandia!) It's the kind of book in which you need to know what happens...It's not what you think." Esquire, 10 Best Books of 2011

Synopsis:

"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous murder/suicide fifteen years earlier, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee

Synopsis:

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 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.

Synopsis:

“Delightfully odd . . . A fine cast of misfits and dreamers and foes. A” — Entertainment Weekly
 
“Warm, entertaining and thoughtful . . . a glorious celebration of music.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
“For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel.” — Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians have gathered in the hotel’s cavernous halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel. When a young prodigy goes missing from infamous room 712, the search for her entwines an eccentric cast of conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. A genre-bending page-turner, full of knowing nods to pop culture classics from The Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee, Bellweather Rhapsody is a wholly winning new novel from a writer to watch.

About the Author

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 the New Stories from the South: The Year's Best anthology, and he has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he teaches fiction at the University of the South and lives with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his son, Griff.

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Kina, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Kina)
LOVED this book!! The story line is clever and engaging, the characters are full of character, and Kevin Wilson makes it really easy to fall in love with them all. Where art and family meet... that is the Family Fang. Complex... yet simple, funny... yet tragic, this book is chock full of twists and turns that can keep even the most discerning reader engaged and wanting more!
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alisonster, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by alisonster)
I loved this book! Funny, weird and touching, I wanted to start this story over again as soon as I finished it.
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kevinrbrown, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by kevinrbrown)
This is a great novel. It has interesting characters who are odd, yet believable, and it raises interesting questions about family and art. I thought I saw the ending coming, only to be surprised yet again by where it actually ended up. It's definitely the best novel I've read all year.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061579059
Author:
Wilson, Kevin
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
Ward, Matthew
Author:
Racculia, Kate
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
The Fantastic Family Whipple
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 336 pages Ecco - English 9780061579059 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As he did in Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson asks big questions with subtle humor and deep tenderness."
"Review" by , "What can you say for a novel about performance artists that begins 'Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. Their children called it mischief'? ...That it's totally weird, and pretty wonderful. Most of all, that it manages to be brainy without sacrificing heart."
"Review" by , "[A] bizarre, mirthful debut novel...leavened with humor."
"Review" by , "The premise of this book is so perfect I can't believe it hasn't been done before ...a hugely likable book — funny, colorful, and memorable, if not beautiful and strange....I read this book swiftly and compulsively, like sipping thirstily at a fruity cocktail on a hot summer evening."
"Review" by , "[Family Fang] allows Wilson to dazzle and amuse us with some very inventive and provocatively imagined performance art."
"Review" by , "Kevin Wilson introduces The Family Fang, a winningly bizarre clan on the brink."
"Review" by , "A highly engaging and imaginative first novel...Wilson has a gift for characterization and dialogue."
"Review" by , "Wild....Kudos for wit and quirky imagination."
"Review" by , "The kids are not all right in this debut novel about a brother and sister poorly navigating the bizarre world of their parents — obsessive performance artists who force their children to participate in their kooky pieces."
"Review" by , "Kevin Wilson's novel, The Family Fang, was one of the most talked about titles at BEA...[The Family Fang has] the whimsy reminiscent of a Wes Anderson flick....Wilson pulls the fuzzy line between art and life very taut."
"Review" by , "I recently read Kevin Wilson's novel The Family Fang , which is so strange and original and hysterically funny. It's about a husband and wife who are performance artists and force their young children to be part of their art project. It's a book like nothing else."
"Review" by , "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. Here, finally, is a much needed reminder that astute fiction can still be a total blast."
"Review" by , "Wilson writes stylishly...but his real skill is...building up a slow-drip mystery....And [this] isn't the kind of book you [can] set aside....(I'm looking at you, Swamplandia!) It's the kind of book in which you need to know what happens...It's not what you think."
"Synopsis" by , "For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous murder/suicide fifteen years earlier, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee
"Synopsis" by , 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 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Delightfully odd . . . A fine cast of misfits and dreamers and foes. A” — Entertainment Weekly
 
“Warm, entertaining and thoughtful . . . a glorious celebration of music.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
“For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel.” — Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians have gathered in the hotel’s cavernous halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel. When a young prodigy goes missing from infamous room 712, the search for her entwines an eccentric cast of conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. A genre-bending page-turner, full of knowing nods to pop culture classics from The Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee, Bellweather Rhapsody is a wholly winning new novel from a writer to watch.

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