Normal Family is a wildly funny coming-of-age novel about a young boy's four consecutive holidays with his eccentric family. Over the course of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Independence Day, our young hero, Henry Pendergast, comes to know his once-famous author (and now alcoholic) grandfather George, who sobers up long enough to help Henry come to terms with the mystery surrounding his mother's mental illness. Henry somehow perseveres through a landmine of dysfunctional relatives amidst a family in decline, including siblings, parents and step family, all set against the social chaos of late-1960s America. Funny, bittersweet and highly entertaining, Normal Family might be the first novel whose entire action takes place over the family holidays.
Ideal reading for anyone about to head home for the holidays, Normal Family will have you in fits of laughter. Bring it on the plane, the train, the bus...and by the time you arrive home you will feel ready for just about anything.
Don Trowden is the author of the Normal Family Trilogy, which includes Normal Family (2012), No One Ran to the Altar (2016), and All the Lies We Live (2019). The name Don Trowden, a play on the word downtrodden, is the pen name for Caleb Mason, who is also the author of the non-fiction book The Isles of Shoals Remembered (1992). In addition to writing, Caleb has worked in bookselling and book publishing. The author greatly appreciates any reviews you feel inclined to write and invites you to connect with him on social media.