Tom Bradley and Nick Patterson have collaborated in a new way to make this novel: Nick's ninety illustrations came first, and Tom's words grew under their fecundation.
The narrator of FAMILY ROMANCE lives with his rapacious mother and psychotic sister on the right bank of the Judeuphrates River. They abide under a sovereign theocracy consecrated to their national/racial god, the Divine Krystelle Rex, whose prophet and agent on earth is the Grand Religiopath.
On the opposite bank of the Judeuphrates are the sandy nomadic haunts of the relic Amalekites. These are physiologically peculiar wretches upon whom the Grand Religiopath has renewed the sentence of genocide originally declared upon their remote ancestors by Jehovah in the first book of Samuel. The chief agent of this extermination is the new war-industrial product, Flamma-Manna.
Our narrator's father has waded the river to please himself behaving like a traitor-apostate among the relic Amalekites.
Refugees have made their way across the river and are occupying the back yard. They turn out to be odd creatures, with shoulder teeth, ostrlch legs, and problematic crotches.
Meanwhile, Mom won't stop trying to mount her children...