Family and Other Catastrophes

A delightfully quirky debut about family bonds and the chaos that ensues when nature and lack of nurture collide.

Emily Glass knows she’s neurotic. But she’s got it under control. Sort of. She dons compression socks when she flies (because, you know, deep vein thrombosis) and responds to people routinely overestimating her age with more Lifespin classes and less gluten. Thankfully, she also has David, the wonderful 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, who doesn’t think the wedding party should have defined gender roles, and recently divorced brother Jason, whose overzealous return to singlehood is only tempered by his puzzling friendship with David’s Renaissance Faire—enthusiast brother.

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.

Laugh-out-loud funny and endearingly raw, Family and Other Catastrophes is as entertaining as your favorite sitcom and introduces Alexandra Borowitz as an outstanding new voice in humorous fiction.


Praise for Family and Other Catastrophes:

“Debut author Borowitz comes on strong in this feisty, laugh-out-loud comedy ….The laughs just keep coming. VERDICT Hats off to Borowitz for bringing to light the comedy of what happens before “I do.” An excellent read for anyone who has been part of a wedding.”- Library Journal

“Humor and heart mix in Borowitz’s debut novel, which will resonate with anyone who loves their family despite said family’s best efforts.”- Kirkus

“A laugh-out-loud funny debut that portrays a very real depth of emotion about the complex web that is family, set against one of life’s most stressful events: a wedding. Borowitz treats her characters with the kind of compassion and heart that will have you cheering for them—despite their flaws—until the very last page. A must read!” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple

Family and Other Catastrophes is the perfect book for anyone with a calamity of a family who wants to laugh along in knowing hilarity. Alexandra Borowitz has written characters who we hate to love but yet we do (love them) because we know these people intimately, they are our own family.”—Ann Garvin, USA TODAY bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around

Family and Other Catastrophes is, hands down, one of the funniest novels I’ve read this year. The members of the Glass clan are as hilarious as they are cringe-worthy, and Alexandra Borowitz’s rendering of family dysfunction is charming, insightful, and wickedly smart. Honestly, the only real catastrophe here is that this wonderful book had to end.”—Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding

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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 start-ups. Family and Other Catastrophes is her first novel.

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