The Figgs feels like a family you might really know. Your best friend’s family or the family who lives down the straight. Bryan nails the dynamic of adult siblings and she creates a comfortable, often hilarious group of characters.
June and Randy thought their retirement years would be quiet ones but all three of their children are still living at home in their 20s. Even worse, in June’s eyes, none of them seem to have plans beyond living with their parents forever. But when their youngest son (and maybe June’s favourite), Derek, unexpectedly becomes the primary caregiver of a newborn baby, the family draws together in brand new ways.
Family and its origins are the central theme of The Figgs. Derek is thrown into parenthood when he is barely functioning as an adult. Randy makes a surprising confession about a relationship he had as a young man, before meeting June. And June herself must come to terms with her own family past. Without giving anything away, the book’s major flaw was that these three storylines intersect a little too neatly. But Bryan dealt with them with sympathy and humour and the book as a whole is a quick and enjoyable read.