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The Family Fang


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ISBN13: 9780061579059
ISBN10: 006157905x
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Joel Karpowitz, November 16, 2014 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
I really loved this book. It's all about identity and art and creativity and family and the chaos and ambiguity and comedy and tragedy that are a part of all of those things. It's funny and bittersweet and heart-breaking and hopeful all at the same time, which is a pretty neat trick to pull off. Buster and Annie are characters I wanted to spend more time with, not because they are perfect, but because they felt so human in the bad choices and confusion they find themselves facing. The novel's structure, alternating between the "present" and gallery-like explanations of the Fangs' prior performance art pieces strikes just the right tone. I'm excited to see what Wilson writes next.
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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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ohsewgay, September 1, 2012 (view all comments by ohsewgay)
The Family Fang is an AMAZING story - profound and hilarious! I place it in a tie for first, as the most engaging story I've read, with Katherine Dunn's "Geek Love". This is one of the few books I will re-read.
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A Novel
Wilson, Kevin
Racculia, Kate
Ward, Matthew
General Fiction
Literature-Family Life
Family - Multigenerational
Edition Description:
Trade PB
The Fantastic Family Whipple
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Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
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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