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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (April 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061579059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061579059
  • ASIN: 006157905X
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Camilla and Caleb Fang have devoted their lives to the art of the performance. For these two, “the world’s a stage” and they are the players. Even the birth of their children, Annie and Buster does not divert them from their calling. They simply include their children in the pursuit of their art. "A" and "B" must learn how to react to whatever ridiculous situations their parents present them with while taping the reaction of by-standers to their shenanigans. The separation of art from real life becomes so difficult for them that Buster begins licking tomato sauce from the floor of a grocery store after his father accidentally has fallen, breaking the jar and cutting his finger. It’s only after Caleb tells Buster that he didn’t mean to fall that the boy stops. Life for the parents is an uninterrupted quest for art in which they have included their children until Buster and Annie grow old enough to say no causing Caleb and Camilla great distress. The two children that they thought would destroy their art have begun completely necessary for it to exist. “The Family Fang” is an interesting novel with some funny moments as the author explores the meaning of art.
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After reading Kevin Wilson's "The Family Fang," a light, funny story about an artistic family (who perceive what 'art' is in a much different and mischievous manner than a more conservative view many of us have), I wonder if the book deserves all this appreciation listed above. Being a literature major, I know that I have read much better works of fiction with less acclaim. I am not saying that this book is not good by any means - It is just that I am doubtful if it deserves all the praise it has received from various newspapers and persons (included in the top 10 books of 2011??). You might think "does it really matter?", but there is still a chance that pages and pages of quotes praising "The Family Fang" might be misleading to certain readers.
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By Kadi Kaljuste on Jan. 29 2012
Format: Hardcover
And what a fun read. If you think you've got an interesting/dysfunctional family, wait until you meet Kevin Wilson's Fangs. The parents are performance artists who make their children, Annie and Buster, players in their "art." Wilson alternates between chapters recounting the family's performances with chapters about the now adult and very screwed up kids. So entertaining but thoughtful as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
Author Kevin Wilson explores that question in a unique manner in his new novel, "The Family Fang". And the ultimate answer, I suppose, is that a family is whatever combination it wants to be, or DOESN'T want to be.

The Fang Family, mother Camille, father Caleb, and children A (Annie) and B (Buster), are conceptual performance artists who put on their productions in shopping malls in the South. The parents had conceived of their work and then incorporated their children in the acts since birth. In many cases, the parents put their children in physical danger from an early age, all in the name of "artistic license". Leaving a six year old to wander around a mall alone, for instance, doesn't constitute good parenting in my book. But if the Fangs were physically negligent of their two children, they were even more so psychologically. Annie and Buster grew up in a house where nothing was as it seemed and no relationship seemed based on affection - rather based on the childrens' ability to perform in the art acts.

It seems true to me that children growing up with unstable parents in a slap-dash household, often become more mature than the parents who are supposed to be parenting them. This is the case in the Fang family as the children, "A" and "B" as they're known in the art world, mature into adults. But damaged children often grow into damaged adults, as "mature" as they may seem to others looking in - particularly as compared to the parents. As the two children grew up, Annie to become a respected young actress and Buster a novelist of middling success, they found themselves unable to relate in a "normal" relationship. They have each other as support as their parents slip away into their own twosome world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Uskoski on Sept. 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
A quirky story about a family enmeshed in the strangest form of art. An easy read that pulls you into the lives of the Fangs and has you rooting for each character's individual growth. The ending is a little rushed and abrupt, but that may be because I was so taken by these family members that it left me wanting more.
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