The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
(Ecco, 2011, 320 pages)
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but it was a unique story. Caleb and Camille Fang are performance artists – they make live art by forcing people to experience unexpected public events. They have two children, Annie and Buster, who have been involved in helping them make art all their lives. Needless to say, it wasn’t your typical childhood.
Annie and Buster moved out as soon as they could. Annie left to become an actress and Buster went off to write, publishing two novels that didn’t get him too far. After unexpected events force both Annie and Buster to return home (which they are very hesitant about) they are quickly brought back into the chaotic world they are raised in. Not long after returning, Caleb and Camille “disappear” and Buster and Annie inadvertently find themselves back in the midst of a Fang “performance.” They just aren’t sure if it’s real or not and it’s not clear how they should best handle themselves.
This was a creative novel that I ended up enjoying. I appreciated that I never knew where the story was going to go or what I wanted the final outcome to be.