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The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
In The Family Fang, Annie and Buster Fang are the children of performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang, although Annie and Buster are simply called Child A and Child B. As children, Annie and Buster were reluctant participants in their parents' public performances, with shopping malls being one of their parents' favorite venues. As adults, Annie and Buster have carved out their own lives, only to be forced to move back home when their lives unravel. Caleb and Camille want to do one last over-the-top performance piece with them. It threatens to force a decision as to whether art if more important than family. Kevin Wilson's debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Chicago Tribune saying, "What could devolve into little more than slapstick becomes, in Wilson's skilled hands and, let's face it, somewhat strange imagination, a rich and textured read. He brings us to the brink of absurdity, then turns on a dime and delivers a deeper, darker novel."