The Family Fang: fair wind from the USA

08 September 2011

Congratulations to Kevin Wilson, whose utterly brilliant novel, The Family Fang, hit the New York Times Bestseller list last month!

 

The Family Fang is a novel like no other. That’s partly because the family Fang is a family like no other. They create art: performance art, provocations, interventions – call it what you like. And plenty of people certainly don’t think it’s ‘Art’.

 

But although the madcap performances of the family are great, The Family Fang is really a novel about parents and children; it’s about being embarrassed and about trying to escape; and about forever being drawn back into the fold. The novel also inspires debate. What is more important: life or art; family or creativity?

 

And the writing: wow!  Imagine Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections mashed-up with Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums and you might get somewhere near to what Kevin has done. This book, quite simply, is very funny. Great writing rarely is, but Kevin Wilson is the exception: a fresh, clever, warm-hearted and totally original voice.

 

You can’t wait to read it, right? Well, what are you waiting for? You want somebody to tell you that it’s good, somebody you can trust? Oh! Ok then, how about these guys:

 

‘All children eventually question lies their parents have told them, but the Fangs take that chicanery to a whole new level’ New York Times


'The Family Fang is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family. Like everything else Kevin Wilson does, I have never seen anything like it before. The best single word description would be genius' Anne Patchett, author of Bel Canto

 

The Family Fang is published by Picador and is available now.

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