Nuclear Family: A Tragicomic Novel in Letters

Susanna Fogel

I’m usually wary of epistolary novels – in the back of my head, English lit canon snoozefests loom large. No worries about that here, as the novel is both good and an excellent use of the form – I don’t think the same story could have been told this well any other way.

Nuclear Family is thoroughly modem and consistently funny. It builds really well, using a number of different narrators (live, dead and inanimate) to advance the stories and characters, each imbued with a unique voice. Definitely worth a read.