Twisted Family Values: A Novel
Wednesday, June 19, 7pm
“Twisted Family Values is a deliciously salacious 50-year unraveling of family expectation and secrets with dysfunction, wit,
and a taboo love that simply won’t let go. And perhaps shouldn’t. Chickering writes with her characteristic wit and insight that others dare not tread. Perfect beach read!”
—Lucy Sykes, bestselling co-author of The Knockoff
V.C. Chickering has written for Comedy Central, MTV, Lifetime, TLC, Discovery, NickMom, and Oxygen television networks as well as for BUST, Cosmo, and The Washington Post magazines. She's written screenplays; a local newspaper column entitled, Pith Monger; the slow blog, Vickichicki; and songs for her band, Tori Erstwhile & The Montys.
Her new racy, emotional, humorous and thought-provoking novel, TWISTED FAMILY VALUES (St. Martin’s Griffin; June 25, 2019), is an unpredictable and entertaining tale of secrets, desires, and forgiveness spanning four generations of an American family.
It’s 1977, underage debauchery is the norm, and Marjorie and Dunsfield Thornden are the envy of their neighbors. In the uptight suburb of Larkspur, New Jersey, their grown daughters, Cat and Claire, set the town’s social calendar by hosting tastefully lavish parties year-round. And now their own children—Bizzy and Choo—are tarnishing their good name.
For years, the Thorndens have had their privilege to fall back on, but the veneer is fading unattractively. Secrets that shouldn’t have been kept—especially from each other—bubble insidiously to the surface.
So, when scandal threatens to unravel this tight-lipped family, they must consider whether to let decorum dictate their decisions and how far they’ll go to keep skeletons in the closet. Their choices could free them from expectation and welcome long-awaited love, but alter the course of the Thornden legacy forever.
Chickering’s work has been lauded as “feisty, thrilling, and risqué” (Library Journal) and TWISTED FAMILY VALUES follows suit. Written with crackling dialogue and keen family insight, this story makes for the perfect beach read.
V.C. Chickering, Twisted Family Values