The Figgs are a couple from Calgary who are beginning to think about their retirement plans, but all three of their adult children still live at home. In introducing us to the Figgs, Ali Bryan has revealed what is at the core of a family – love. But love, and family are never predictable, and following this family through the unexpected is an engaging, funny, and heartwarming journey.
The Figg family is not typical. Multiple generations live under the same roof, there are children from prior relationships, there are questions about adoption and birth parents. And while those topics, at times, cause stress, anguish, and humor, Bryan also demonstrates that they don’t detract from – indeed, they strengthen – the concept of family. Life can change unexpectedly and quickly. Those twists and turns are easier to handle if you focus on what’s most important – your family, whatever that may look like.
Meet the Figgs. June, the family's matriarch, looks forward to a quiet retirement - if only she can get her three adult children to finally, finally, move out of the house. But her dreams are shattered when her son Derek unexpectedly becomes a single father. Now there's a newborn baby at home, and Derek's older siblings are showing no sign of going anywhere either. In the midst of the chaos, June's husband, Randy, has a shocking revelation.
With family life flying fast and furious around her, June finds herself thinking about her parents - adoptive and biological. Where did she come from? Will her new grandson be traumatized without his mother? And why in the world are all the kids still at home, anyway?
The Figgs combines the quirkiness of Miriam Toews, the startling humour and fierce energy of Heather O'Neill, the heart of Little Miss Sunshine, and the unruly family dynamics of Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You into one hilarious, immensely fun novel.
About the Author
Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer based in Calgary, Canada. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. Her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.