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Family Affair: A Novel Paperback – September 29, 2009
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
This book then goes an abnormal route. A crazy, roller coaster of emotional ride. I loved it, and think you might too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this author's stories. They are always funny but filled with heart. This is such a sweet story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chubby Bookworm
I appreciated that this book showed that there are different kinds 'love' while sharing that one can love their spouse without loving being married. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
What happens when your wife becomes so entrenched with your family they basically become hers,and then you start to feel left out so you wanna a divorce? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I will probably read more books by this author because she does have a compelling style. I did enjoy the story even despite the flaws.Published 8 months ago by K E Williams
If I was going to sell or give a book away to get more readers, it would not have been this one. The husband/jerk character not to mention the little woman was enough not to ever... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lg
Ok, I really had a 4 star rating for this book. I had to deduct 1 star because of the husband, Brett. He was so unlikable for me that I could not get past that. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like me some chick lit sometimes, even something with some cliches.
I wanted to try a Caprice Crane novel because her Tweets are funny. Read more
This is my first time reading anything by Caprice Crane. I was hoping to have found a new author to follow, but I could not get interested in this book. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by L.C.