Family and Other Catastrophes

Family and Other Catastrophes

by Alexandra Borowitz


$14.39 $15.99 Save 10% Current price is $14.39, Original price is $15.99. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, October 18


“A zany, heartfelt, and laugh-out-loud funny debut.”—HelloGiggles

Emily Glass knows she’s neurotic. But she’s got it under control. Sort of. Thankfully, she also has David, the man she’ll soon call husband—assuming they can survive wedding week with her wildly dysfunctional family.

Emily’s therapist mother, Marla, who’s been diagnosing her children since they were in diapers, sees their homecoming as the perfect opportunity for long-overdue family therapy sessions. Less enthused are Emily and her two siblings: ardently feminist older sister, Lauren, and recently divorced brother, Jason. As the week comes to a tumultuous head, Emily wants nothing more than to get married and get as far away from her crazy relatives as possible. But that’s easier said than done when Marla’s meddling breathes new life into old secrets. After all, the ties that bind family together may bend, but they aren’t so easily broken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778317555
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 596,844
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Borowitz has been writing since she was six, and her family and friends provide endless inspiration. She was raised in New York, and spent her first years out of college in San Francisco working at advertising startups. This is What You Always Do is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Family and Other Catastrophes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone's family is a hot mess, really. This book captures the essence of pretty much any large family event, making it a very relatable and familiar story. When a book causes me to laugh out loud, or make some sort of exclamation I then have to explain to my husband, it's a winner!
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
Always funny when its not your family. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it. Talk about a dysfunctional family, with lots of drama and issues, yet very funny at the same time. It does have some adult language and sexual situations, so if you are easily offended about that this book might not be for you. I could easily see this being made into a movie, since it had such fun dialog between the siblings. Very entertaining read.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Sharp, funny and perfectly told as long as it’s not your family in the crosshairs – Borowitz manages to craft a story that has readers unable to turn away, even as the dysfunction can reach head-shaking levels. This is Emily’s story in the lead up to her wedding: told in time with each day before the wedding being a unique series of moments and interactions. Understand that Emily is more than a touch neurotic and a worrier – and this is only exacerbated by the outrageous and often inappropriate actions of her family members. Her mother and siblings are probably most responsible for her “everything must go perfectly” attitude, and her penchant for checking, double-checking and obsession with events. Raised by Myra – she is, of herself, a story. Myra is a psychologist, prone to diagnosing (wrongly) and gaslighting her children for effect – the effect being that occasionally she often has new input for her diagnosis. Emily’s sister Lauren is the uber-Feminist that you don’t want to meet: jumping on the next hot social media trend like Boudicca versus the Romans. Prone to horrifyingly hilarious (and wholly bereft of self-knowledge) pronouncements, she’s busily inserting herself with regularity to great effect. Emily’s brother is horribly socially inept with his odd comments and a tendency to speak (and behave) as if he were a medieval jester without the benefit of the awareness that comes from actual interactions. His flirting is painful, if hilarious for anyone not in the crosshairs, and while his comments are strange, in some ways they are often very apt and fit the situation, after you’ve had time to digest. What Borowitz has done is trotted the Glass family out onto the front porch for all to revel in their craziness – a quirky, clever series of reveals as the wedding nears, the love best at a distance feelings that Emily has for her family is clear – and surely every reader can find a correlation to someone in their own family, if not as extreme. It’s rare that I find a title that screams to my love of Monty Python-esque satire and humor – dancing the line between horrifyingly dark and pure fun – and this ticked all of those boxes. Grab a copy, plan on this before the next big family gathering (or during – I’m not going to judge) and enjoy. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.