The Figgs by Ali Bryan

The Figgs

by Ali Bryan

May 1, 2018
5.5 x 8.5, paper, 300 pages
CDN/US $21.95

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A hilarious portrait of a modern, mostly happy family, in all its glorious messiness.

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 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.

Advance Praise for The Figgs

“Modern mayhem at its finest, The Figgs dives into the comical and profound challenges of family life. Tackling enablement, empowerment, and the sticky bonds of love, this is a soaring read with both sarcasm and soul.” – Cassie Stocks, winner of the Leacock Medal for Dance, Gladys, Dance

“There’s something wonderfully raw and new here. Ali Bryan gets it… family, friends, relationships, and the ups and downs that make us human. She filters it through a lens that’s a rare treat for a reader to look through.” Bradley Somer, author of Fishbowl

Praise for Ali Bryan

Roost is hilarious . . . The details — of setting, of interaction, of the endless tumult of family life — are spot on.” — National Post

“It’s in subverting the myths of motherhood that Bryan delights . . . [an] edgy mingling of humour and pathos.” — Chronicle Herald

“Bryan’s dialogue and character interaction are so spot on, and the rare occasion where she does take the chance and delves beneath the super funny surface of asshole-dom, she is dazzling.” — The Winnipeg Review