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Common Reading Program

2015 Common Reading Book

The Family Fang

Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. Their children called it mischief.

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.

When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance—their magnum opus—whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.

Filled with Kevin Wilson’s endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.

About the Program

Young Harris College’s Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking, while also encouraging a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

Each academic year, all new students at Young Harris College are required to read the Common Reading Program book before fall orientation. Books will be available in the Young Harris College Book Store during the START Orientation program sessions.

Previous Book Selections



READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline


No Impact Man by Colin Beavan


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard

For more information, email the Office of of Student Development or call (706) 379-5118.

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