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In Crane's hilarious third relationship soap (after Forget About It), a divorcing couple fights for custody, not of a child or a pet but of an entire family. Layla and Brett Foster became high school sweethearts after her mother died and her musician father abandoned her in the care of Brett's parents. Their subsequent marriage appeared rock solid, but now, on the verge of 30, still immature Brett is a college football coach who begins thinking the thrill is gone. Somewhat clueless Layla is a pet photographer and co-owner of TLC Paw Prints with sister-in-law Trish, and just when Layla brings up the possibility of having kids, Brett blurts out his desire to divorce. In the ensuing domestic battle royale, Brett's family become Layla's fierce allies, and Brett turns jealous and furious when Layla files a countersuit for joint custody of Brett's family. Watching this exceedingly unconventional family duke it out and grow up is truly delightful. (Oct.)
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"Perceptive, touching and always hilarious, Family Affair is Caprice Crane's best work yet. It's an irresistible story with equal parts humor and heart." —Emily Giffin, author of Love the One You're With

"The phrase 'You don't marry the man; you marry his family' has never rung so true. Family Affair is so full of heart and humor, you'll want to squeeze into the family station wagon and sit shotgun for the ride." —Stephanie Klein, NYT bestselling author of Straight Up and Dirty and Moose

"With a finely tuned ear for dialogue and a biting sense of humor, Family Affair is another winner. Crane is masterful at creating lovably flawed characters and placing them in hilariously relatable predicaments. I simply adored this book because no one does fiction funnier than Caprice Crane." —Jen Lancaster, NYT bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid

"An unflinchingly honest, fiercely funny, unexpectedly tender story of a marriage between two very appealing people you'll root for every step of the way." —Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy

"This is a clever and unique take on the romantic comedy. Witty, touching and often laugh-out-loud funny, I loved it." —Alison Pace, author of City Dog

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386233
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caprice Crane is the internationally bestselling author of five novels and a writer for both television and screen. Crane has written for the hit TV show 90210 (2.0) and spent a number of years writing for MTV. Crane won awards for both her debut novel, STUPID AND CONTAGIOUS, and her second novel, FORGET ABOUT IT. Her 3rd novel and 4th novels, FAMILY AFFAIR and WITH A LITTLE LUCK, received rave reviews and Crane's fifth novel, her DEBUT Young Adult novel, CONFESSIONS OF A HATER, hit stores on August 27th, 2013 and has been garnering lots of attention including fantastic reviews in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Crane divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, depending on the mood of her dog, Max. Her website is:
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Farlow on October 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read Stupid and Contagious several times before a friend "borrowed" my copy and never returned it. I can say two things: 1.) That person is no longer a friend, and 2.) This book might even be better than the brilliant stylings of Stupid and Contagious. Yep, it's that good.

Caprice Crane does a great job speaking from the mind of a guy and makes the most awkward situation hilarious. Her writing is sharp and her characters are perfectly defined. The only request I have of Caprice is to hurry up and get the next book out so I can enjoy that one too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lori on October 6, 2009
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Caprice Crane's third novel is neither stupid nor something to forget about ... Family Affair is a poignant and witty tale of personal journeys and discovery of what makes a family a family.

The central protagonists - Layla (yes, named for the classic song) and Brett - are a couple who've been together since high school and are nearing 30. Layla has been a part of Brett's life for so long that she's become a member of the family. When someone stops being a wife or husband and starts being a sibling? Brett soon realizes that he's seeing her less as his wife and more as his sister.

What happens when you want a divorce, but, both of you want the family? Joint custody? Crane deftly plays the divorcing parent stereotypes as the two try to top each other all to earn the affection of the family. All the while creating comical drama.

With her deft ability to flesh out multiple roles and points of view, Crane weaves a three-dimensional story and characters that you can love and hate at the same time (*see Brett).

Caprice Crane again delivers a universal story with her own trademark style, imaginative and unique characters and panache. A definite must-read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Arch on September 30, 2009
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I have to say ahead of time that I know Caprice and did a blurb on her second brilliant book, after getting to know her through her first brilliant book. And now that she has written a third brilliant book, i think she deserves a week or two off before she starts #4 and makes that one brilliant too. I am also a professional working writer with a bunch of tools and tricks of my own, and yet I still can't figure out how Caprice can be so soulful, and so funny, and so perceptive, and so funny, and so cutting, and so tender, and so funny and so heartfelt, and so funny and so vulnerable (and also funny) - and somehow do that all in the same sentence. I don't know how she does it. She comes up with high concept ideas and then fleshes them out with real people who have real feelings, and gives them problems and dreams we can all recognize and identify with. There is almost nothing harder to write than romantic comedy and Caprice makes it look effortless. Every other writer (including me) who does this should be jealous. I know I am. For the reader though - just sit back and enjoy. You're in the hands of a true maestro.
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I really liked most of the characters but like some of the reviewers I didn't like Brett too much. He really was an jerk. Right from the beginning he couldn't seem to say what he wanted instead he just let things go as though Layla should be able to read his mind. Seriously stupid on his part!! His big beef with her is that she spends too much time with his family and not enough with him. He wanted her to get along with his family.

Seemed like temptation was placed right in front of him at a rough patch in his marriage. Heather the new SID, he was checking her out. Soon after the separation from Layla he is dating Heather. He brings her to family "dates" and practically rubs Layla's nose in it. Frankly I can't believe Layla didn't think that this whole divorce/separation thing didn't have something to do with her husband wanting to get with another woman at that point. He claims later on that he doesn't want to kiss, have dinner with her, etc., yet he did.
This would have all been fine I suppose if Layla had started dating someone too. Why is it that the heroines never attempt to move on before getting back with the heroes and yet the heroes ALWAYS move on. Wouldn't normal women do that too? No matter if they still love the hero?

The fighting over who gets custody of the family was funny. But the hurt that Brett continuously inflects on Layla and then claims to love her is unbelievable!! The last straw is the whole Christmas thing. Which he did out of spite. That really hurt. I was glad she finally ran out then. I kept wondering where her pride was in all of this. Finally she gets it and tells him goodbye! Now of course he wants her back.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Rush on September 30, 2009
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Caprice Crane is one of the funniest people writing today. In her previous books, Forget About It and Stupid And Contagious, she made me laugh until I cried, cheer on her main characters and even quote their quippy, smart lines from time to time. A Family Affair was, happily, just as awesome. She takes subjects that sound like chick-lit waiting to happen, but goes beyond the genre into edgy, riotous humor that anyone can adore. Crane is funny to just about any audience and any format - she writes for television (90210 and Melrose Place - S&C had a cool little cameo on 90210, even) and is the person to follow on Twitter (@CapriceCrane), so you can get your fix of her sometimes snarky, sometimes bitter, sometimes obscene and ALWAYS hilarious humor while you wait for her next book like a junkie waiting for a fix. I know I do.
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