A Normal Family: The Surprising Truth About My Crazy Childhood (And How I Discovered 35 New Siblings) (Hardback)
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A Normal Family: The Surprising Truth About My Crazy Childhood (And How I Discovered 35 New Siblings) (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 14/07/2022
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By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Bilton's compulsive coming-of-age memoir delivers an utterly page-turning account of her untraditional family, the true scope of which she discovered in her twenties.

For most of her life, Chrysta Bilton was one member of a small, if dysfunctional, family of four. There was her sister, Kaitlyn, her hedonistic, glamorous, gay mum Debra, and Jeffrey, who Debra hand-picked, in an LA hairdressers, to be the father of her children. During Chrysta's unstable childhood, Debra struggled to keep the family afloat and Jeffrey wandered in and out of their lives.

Then, in her twenties, Chrysta discovered that her father had secretly donated his sperm over 500 times - and that she had at least 35 other siblings.

A Normal Family is a captivating coming-of-age memoir about Chrysta's reckoning with the secrets both parents had carefully kept from her. Heartfelt, warm and funny, it's a story of embracing the family we have, in all the forms we find it.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781913183134
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A wholly absorbing page-turner that everyone will want to read. You should probably buy two.' - Kirkus

'I thought my family was complicated until I read Chrysta Bilton's wonderful memoir about the unique collection of irresistible characters in her life. Bilton has a big heart, gentle wisdom, keen eye and lovely wit. She's a gifted writer with an astonishing story to tell.' - David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy

'By turns hilarious, wrenching, and achingly tender, this is a memoir about family that turns the whole idea of family upside down. Bilton writes beautifully, with sharp insight and a light touch, about her harrowing, astonishing journey into understanding her parents, her (very) extended family, and herself.' - Susan Orlean, author of On Animals

'A Normal Family had me absolutely riveted from beginning to end. Chrysta Bilton has woven an impeccable narrative about the explosion of love, betrayal, addiction, and menagerie of animals that made up her madcap and calamitous childhood. The story is dominated by Bilton's hedonistic, cult-inclined, womanizing, unstable and uncanny lesbian single mother, who had to make it up as she went along, and is surely one of the most mesmerizing "characters" in recent memoir. A Normal Family narrowly escapes being a tragedy, redeemed by Bilton's compassionate storytelling and unwavering love for her untraditional family.' - Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

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