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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I wanted this book to be great.. but it didn't come close. The author seemed to ramble a bit for my taste and I wasn't too into the really negative turn the book took (that is just a personal preference though). Sadly I did not finish it.
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this one just wasn't as good. The rest of her books have been witty and fun to read. To me this one just wasn't funny and I found the characters to be miserable. The whole book was very depressing and made me feel like I was in the middle of a bad relationship. I did not enjoy it.
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This 3rd novel by Caprice Crane is as delectable as her first two - if that is possible!? She has a way of making you fall in love, have empathy for, be seethingly mad at, and even forgive her characters when they totally screw up. I loved this book SO much. Ms. Crane can write somehow from a married, single, lesbian and dude's perspective in a totally organic way - impressive!
I feel like a Harry Potter junky wanting the next book yesterday (though I assure you, this is nothing like Harry Potter)!
It has a broad appeal, yet like the other books is witty in an insider, super smart way.
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Fantastic read! This story starts off like a lot of people's lives. Boy and girl meet. They fall in love. They get married. One of them starts to doubt. The other starts to resent. They separate.
This book then goes an abnormal route. A crazy, roller coaster of emotional ride. I loved it, and think you might too.
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This is the first book I have read by this author and it did not disappoint. I smiled (not really LOL funny but has some amusing parts) and towards the end I cried like a baby. A very easy read that only took me three days or so to finish (gotta sleep sometime). Looking forward to more from Caprice.
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