The most disastrous family reunion in the history of Drummond family By: Douglas Coupland Media of All Families are Psychotic. See larger image. The Drummond family at the center of Coupland’s new novel resembles a month’s worth of soap opera plots. Wade Drummond and his mother, Janet, both have. All Families are Psychotic: A Novel [Douglas Coupland] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The most disastrous family reunion in the history.

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Coupland raises the bar for everyone, reader and writer alike. Maybe the act of wanting to live and being given life is the only thing that matters. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. For information on how we process your data, ;sychotic our Privacy Policy. I might be biased because this book carries elements I’m a huge fan of: All Families Are Psychotic is nothing if character-driven, yet almost all of the characters are actually devices rather than people.

A Ugandan prostitute with a very special power? Now make a cover out of that. Yes, then what, exactly? Against the Technicolor unreality of Florida’s finest cupland attractions, the Drummonds stumble into every illicit activity under the tropical sun-kidnapping, blackmail, gunplay, and black market negotiations, to name a few. As you can lsychotic intuit, this is farce on a grand scale Jul 01, Stephanie rated it it was ok.


Sure, there are a few choice lines but every time it seems like it is starting to ramp up, we discover that he is feeding us a false start. By pageI had my enthusiam defibrillator paddles out and was shocking myself.

I couldn’t care less about their predicaments when I really did care for them at the start. 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. Does that make better people? I haven’t read a novel of his that I haven’t enjoyed yet the idea of starting a new one fills me with some kind of nameless dread.

I’m going to say something weird, it’s really similar to the history of love by nichole krauss, but better. It’s transformed her as a person, she got rid of all her old friends — they’re boring, they don’t care about what’s happening — chucked out all her clothes, shops only Banana Republic and Gap now.

This is the only one of Coupland’s books I’ve read so maybe I’m just out of his stylistic loop, but by the book’s end, I was skipping paragraphs, weary of the onslaught, wanting to just get back to the story in the midst of never-ending chaos. Couplabd helps you keep track of books you want to read. Janet Drummond, past middle age and wondering what the hell she’s done with her life, is finally breaking free of her housewife shell and becoming a person.


I actually had to pace myself and savor it; and with that I finished it in 3 sittings. Only his sister Sarah seems to have gotten it together, and the hopes of the family rest on her trip into space.

We follow the present timeline and then suddenly are taken back in time to the Drummonds’ earlier lives both the three children’s childhood and that of their parents’. Coupland cooupland the twist to ask questions we don’t always ask ourselves.

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She is especially close to her older brother, Wade, who has always seemed to find trouble wherever he went. Everybody has basically the same family – it’s just reconfigured slightly different from one to the next.

Print HardbackPaperback. One of those things is consistently d I can’t get past my love-hate relationship with Douglas Coupland.

All Families are Psychotic

Dec 12, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has cooupland to do with the zaniness of the characters being so realistic.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. But lets actually be straight up and honest here, that’s what we like about guys like Coupland and cooper that they are juvenile’s.

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