Stunt Casting

In The Family Fang, art and parenting don't mix

Vaughn Wallace for TIME

Caleb and Camille Fang are famous performance artists. "We distort the world; we make it vibrate," Camille says proudly in The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson's irresistible first novel. That's the exhibition-catalog spin on their shtick. What they really make are embarrassing public scenes, often at malls--an avant-garde Candid Camera. They revel in creating chaos (and they're careful to document it on video for screening in galleries and museums). The more punches thrown or arrests made, the closer the Fangs feel to true beauty.

Don't they sound like total pills? It would be unpleasant enough to be an ordinary mug unwittingly sucked...