Tuesday, December 20, 2011
New-ish Release: The Family Fang
Caleb and Camille Fang are conceptual artists whose specialty is disruption of the peace. They frequently use their children Annie and Buster (who they simply call Child A and Child B or even just A and B) as props or instigators of their art. This leads to their becoming highly dysfunctional adults. When things go truly wrong for them, they're forced to return home to the parents who screwed them up in the first place. But, as is the norm with Caleb and Camille, even this ends up being far from the comforting solace that most children would experience.
If this had been a film, I might have enjoyed it. But as a novel, it went into too much disturbing depth and was incredibly depressing and dark. Wilson is a good writer and I had no problems with his storytelling. I just wasn't a fan of the story itself. I can see though how different readers will appreciate it more than I did. I am certainly curious about Wilson's first book of stories, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth. I hope the subject matter of that one is a better fit.
Trying to forget things that should never have been read,