One of the things I really missed about blogging was sharing and writing about the books I am reading.
So....to kick start my reappearance in this space, I thought I would share a few words on Kevin Wilson’s book The Family Fang which was the perfect start to my summer reading. It is funny and heartfelt with quite the cast of characters.
The plot follows performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang and their two children Buster and Annie. When I say “performance artists” Caleb and Camille are bat shit crazy for their art and will stop at nothing to create the perfect performance piece. Throughout the book, the couple would drag their children to malls and restaurants in order to perform random acts of spectacle. These scenarios had me giggling... they were so bizarre! Of course, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor Fang children, who were often oblivious to their parents artistic plans. As the children grow it becomes evident that their parents helped generate two eccentric, mistrusting adults. Kevin Wilson’s characters are complicated and give the reader an interesting perspective on how a set of outlandish, extremely artistic parents can have such an affect on their children’s psyche.
This book was quirky and even had a bit of mystery thrown in. If you are looking for something odd without being too dark then try The Family Fang. It was an unusual and entertaining read but still filled with heart. These characters were a little nuts but Wilson’s portrayal of their feelings was very realistic.
I actually read a lot this summer. I tend to read a very eclectic mix of things and plan on sharing my findings with you all. I am also always open to suggestions. Thanks for looking. Love, Ms. Kate