The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson


Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art.

Their children called it mischief.

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents strange world.

When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance their magnum opus whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what s ultimately more important: their family or their art.

My opinion

I bought ‘The Family Fang’ by Kevin Wilson at a sale, just because I liked the title. The title made me curious about the book, but unfortunately it was a bit disappointing. It wasn’t a bad story, but it’s more a bizarre story and you don’t know what to thin of the book. The fact that the parents use their children for some kind of ‘research’, they call their kids A & B, which sounds a bit like subjects and call it ‘art’, I just didn’t understand it. Towards the end there’s a bit of tension, which does make you want to keep reading, but I cannot say I really liked the book. Maybe the title was more promising than the story itself.


A weird book, but it does stick a bit. I’m not sure what to think of it and if I should recommend it to you.



Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Pages: 314
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780061579059

You can buy the book at Book Depository.

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