November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday November 15: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 10:53 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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As he sat in the airport bar and drank glass after glass of lemon-lime soda and ate handfuls of peanuts and pretzels, he had decided that, should someone ask, he was not a real child but a robot built and designed by a scientific genius. A childless couple had ordered him and he was now being delivered to them in Florida. Beep-bop-boop.

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson is about a family with performance artist parents, Caleb and Camille Fang, who insist on including their reluctant children, Annie and Buster, in their very public performances. So far their performances have included Annie snitching on a woman (Camille) who is stealing candy from a candy store and Annie and Buster horrifically singing while trying to earn money, street-performer-style, for “their dog’s” operation, with Camille and Caleb in the surrounding crowd shouting about the kids being horrible performers. The scene I’ve taken my teaser from shows the family’s preparations before they all separately board a plane, with fake IDs, for an in-flight performance. As noted in the book, the date is July 1988–well, before our current airline security measures were implemented. These performances are interspersed between chapters about adult Annie, an actress, and Buster, a down-on-his-luck writer, and how their lives were affected by these performances.

An interesting read so far. Oh, and the boy’s name is Buster? Who doesn’t love a boy named Buster? (Fans of Arrested Development, anyone??)

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)



  1. Sinn said,

    Oh wow, that is interesting! The book looks really good. Awesome choice on the teaser!

    Here’s mine:

    sinn @ sinnful books

    • The Word Jar said,

      I chose this teaser because I really loved the “Beep-bop-boop.” Thanks for stopping by!

  2. The quote made me smile! Not sure about the story, though.
    Here’s my TEASER

    • The Word Jar said,

      I’m still not sure about the story either, but in my reading I’ve gained a new appreciation for my parents *not* being performance artists!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jessica G. said,

    Interesting one! (And thank goodness it isn’t about vampires…) 🙂
    Here’s mine:

    • The Word Jar said,

      When I posted on Should Be Reading, I was *this close* to adding, “NOT ABOUT VAMPIRES!” I can’t really get into the vampire genre (except Guillermo del Toro’s Strain Trilogy), but I love a good zombie book!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Fascinating….thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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