I didn’t love it as much as I’ve loved other similar books (quirky, smart, odd and memorable, like The Time Traveller’s Wife or The Magician’s Assistant). But it was pretty great, both funny and sad, and very unusual and engaging.
The Fang family: Caleb, Camille, Annie and Buster (Child A and Child B) are performance artists. They specialize in creating chaos, and then documenting the fallout. They often use their children as prime players in this chaos, with predictable results (messed-up kids). As the kids get older, they flounder in the real world with varying degrees of success. Caleb and Camille also flounder after their children leave the nest.
After a series of (kind of hilarious) misfortunes send the kids back home, the family is reunited and attempt to figure out how to live together. Then something happens which cause the kids to question reality. What happened? The kids have to band together to find out. In the process, they discover family secrets and suspect the worst.
The end of the book was rather devastating, but it was the only way it could end.
I really enjoyed the book — I laughed out loud many times, and also cried. The characters were super quirky and totally sympathetic (save one). I had no idea what was going to happen and the climax of the book left me with my mouth hanging open.
Loved it. Read it!