All Families are Psychotic
By Douglas Coupland
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781582342153, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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The most disastrous family reunion in the history of fiction.
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 stumble into every illicit activity under the tropical sun-kidnapping, blackmail, gunplay, and black market negotiations, to name a few. But 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. 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.
Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Armed Forces Base in Baden-Söllingen, Germany, in 1961. He is the author of the novels Miss Wyoming, Generation X, and Girlfriend in a Coma, among others, as well as the nonfiction works Life After God and Polaroids from the Dead. He grew up and lives in Vancouver, Canada.
"[Coupland's] best novel to date."--LA Weekly
"...a powerful, redemptive story..." --The Miami Herald
"Coupland has taken a great leap forward...both the novel and its characters are distinctly heartfelt and oddly endearing..." --Ruminator Review
"Coupland hits the mark with his usual exceptional writing and perceptive eye." --Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books
"Coupland is back and better than ever with a roller coaster ride of a book...I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.' --Allison Hill, Book Soup
"It's an extraordinarily well-written novel with characters you know you shouldn't be liking but do. So real." --Whoopi Goldberg