Book Review: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The Fangs are an odd family. Camille (mother) and Caleb (father) are artists who have a unique perspective of what classifies as "art". They came to fame via performance pieces which involved their children: Child A (Annie) and Child B (Buster). Chapters are split between the current events of the novel and the memories of past performance pieces. At first, the pieces seem mostly light-hearted; however, the more examples we are presented the more we have to wonder how this behavior has affected A and B.

As far as the current events in the book, spectacular circumstances send Annie and Buster (now adults) back to their childhood home. Annie, an actress, is disgraced by tabloid fodder. Buster, a writer, is terribly injured in a potato gun incident. Both Annie and Buster experience these situations with complete apathy. This struck me as odd until I read more of the flashback/performance art excerpts. Clearly apathy is how a Fang child survives.

Shortly after returning home, the elder Fangs disappear and are soon presumed dead. Buster is deeply concerned about his parents. Annie, believes this is just another stunt that her parents are pulling. We do find closure regarding this aspect of the book; however, I found these to be the least interesting part of the plot. It was the characters of Annie and Buster that kept me interested. They are incredibly smart and funny, yet incredibly immature.

I would recommend this book to ... fans of David Sedaris, the family dynamic is very similar.

Favorite quote ... "There is no best Fang, we're all exactly the same."