All Families Are Psychotic

All Families Are Psychotic

A Novel

Book - 2001 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Members of the Drummond family descend upon Florida to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah, but their trip is turned upside down by a series of mishaps, coincidences, and bizarre events--including kidnapping, gunplay, and black-market negotiations. By the author of Miss Wyoming.

McMillan Palgrave

The most disastrous family reunion in the history of fiction.

The Drummond family descends upon the state of Florida, cutting a swath through Disney World, Cape Canaveral, the swamps and the highways, gathering to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah. What should be a cause for celebration becomes instead the impetus for a series of mishaps and coincidences that place them in constant peril. In a family where gunplay, black market negotiations and kidnapping are all part of an afternoon in the sun, you can only imagine what happens when things take a turn for the worse.

As the family spins dangerously out of control, the story unfolds at a lightning-fast pace. With one plot twist after the other, the Drummonds fall apart and come together in the most unexpected ways.

Heartwarming and maddeningly human, the family Coupland creates is like one you've never seen before-with the possible exception of your own.



Blackwell North Amer
It is the year 2001 and the Drummond family, reunited for the first time in years, has gathered near Cape Canaveral to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah. Against the Technicolor unreality of Florida's finest tourist attractions, the Drummonds and their intimates manage to stumble into every illicit activity under the tropical sun - kidnapping, blackmail, gunplay, and black market negotiations, to name a few. They can't seem to avoid disaster at every turn, but what could deteriorate into talk-show cacophony in the hands of a different writer becomes the stuff of a modern epic with Coupland. For all their madness, the only real sin binding the Drummonds together is their fallibility.
Even as the Drummonds' lives spin out of control, Coupland reminds us of their humanity at every turn, hammering out a hilarious masterpiece with the keen eye of a cultural critic and the heart and soul of a gifted storyteller. As he circles back and fills us in on the Drummonds' various pasts, he tells not only the characters' stories but also the story of our times - thalidomide, AIDS, born-again Christianity, drugs, divorce, the Internet - all bound together with the familiar glue of family love and madness.

Baker
& Taylor

Members of the Drummond family descend upon Florida to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah, but their trip is turned upside down by a series of mishaps, coincidences, and bizarre events including kidnapping, gunplay, and black-market negotiations.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by St. Martin's, c2001.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781582341651
1582341656
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 24 cm.

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Palomino
Aug 01, 2011

It's a world away from the software industry spoof that first introduced me to this author. I found all the dysfunction was too creepy for my taste.

abird Aug 11, 2009

This book is amazing. Good pick!

Angtho Aug 06, 2009

My favourite Coupland book. He manages to be hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time.

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