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They grew up as Child A and Child B, the daughter and son of acclaimed performance artists Camille and Caleb Fang, reluctant participants in their parents' odd brand of unscripted public art. Now grown, Annie and Buster Fang find themselves back home—damaged, confused, embarrassed, angry, and also, possibly, involuntary actors in their parents' most stunning artistic event.
Can we ever break free from our parents? And when it comes down to it, do we really want to?
Heady questions, but they've never been so much fun to answer as they are in Wilson's smart, funny new novel, The Family Fang. Skillfully interspersing scenes from A and B's childhood with a present-day story line, Wilson shows what it's like to grow up with parents whose idea of "art" is concocting and documenting public disturbances. Now with their childhood ending, it's time for Annie and Buster to figure out what it all meant.
Winner of the 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for his short-story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Wilson demonstrates his versatility with this impressive debut novel. You'll enjoy The Family Fang from its surprising beginning to its satisfying, deeply moving conclusion, and you'll no doubt look for more from this fresh and talented writer.