The Family Fang
I admit it. I bought it for the cute cover. Plus, fangs. It’s hard to resist fangs in October.
Annie and Buster (aka Child A and Child B) grew up with a couple of whacked parents. Mr. and Mrs. Fang were into performance art, and Child A and Child B were an integral part of the performances…whether they wanted to be or not.
And now that they’re grown up, Annie and Buster’s lives seem like something out of a skit that their parents dreamt up. Annie’s acting career is on the skids because of a topless incident gone awry, and Buster’s face is all smashed up thanks to a run-in with a potato launcher. They both end up back home only to be confronted with yet another one of their parent’s mad schemes. Except maybe it’s not a mad scheme? Maybe it’s for real? Kinda hard to tell with the Fangs, but Annie and Buster are giving it all they’ve got.
The present mystery of the Fangs is interspersed with the performance art of Annie and Buster’s childhood. Both the present and the past is pretty odd, and I’m not sure how I felt about the book in the end. While the story was entertaining, everything was just a bit too much (and I like weird…I just don’t like people making uncomfortably weird decisions with their lives…like offering yourself up as a target for a potato launcher).