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The Family

Marissa Kennerson

Published October 26th 2014 by Full Fathom Five

YA > Romance | Realistic Fiction 




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Just like any average seventeen-year-old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity… All one hundred eighty-three of them. Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Family members coexist with values of complete openness and honesty, and they share a fear of contagious infection in the outside world. Adam-their Father, prophet, and savior-announces that Twig will be his new bride, and she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the Family compound, Twig finds that the world outside is not as toxic as she was made to believe. And then she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, and begins to question everything about her life within the Family and the cult to which she belongs. But when it comes to Family, you don’t get a choice.



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Hello everyone! Today, Marissa will be on the blog to introduce usher wonderful characters from her novel, The Family! Let’s get to know them all 🙂

What a great assignment – writing character profiles for my book, The Family. Thank you for having me today!

You’re welcome, Marissa! Can’t wait to know them.

The Family is set in a sinister cult in a remote region in Costa Rica. Most of the members are expat Americans.

Twig – The heart of our story. Twig turns 17 as the story opens. She’s an artist living in an oppressive, dangerous society. She’s sweet, smart and we see just how strong she is as her world falls apart around her. She also super fun and game. Life outside the cult looks pretty damn interesting…

Avery – Avery, Twig’s mother is living with untreated bipolar disorder. She’s narcissistic, wounded, isolated and extremely withdrawn. She’s Michelle Pfieffer (back in the day) gorgeous and she’s the only mom Twig has.

Adam – Adam is the cult leader. He’s charming, magnetic and profoundly charismatic. He’s crafty. He’s handsome and almost impossible to resist. He’s extremely dangerous.

Doc – Doc is the Family’s doctor. He’s an older psychiatrist (the oldest member of the Family), and he is creepy! He’s blindly devoted to Adam and will stop at nothing to protect him. He’s smart and manipulative – the perfect right hand man.

Leo – Leo is the boy from America with the killer smile. He’s smart, articulate, sexy and fun! He’s got groove (and an insane music collection) and his family is the stuff of dreams. He surfs and he is head over heals for Twig. He’s not afraid of Adam.

Gran – Gran is like the fairy godmother of the story. She sort of lives out of time in the book as a recluse in the rainforest. She has saved Avery’s sanity. She has a wardrobe that Gwyneth and her Goopigans would kill for.

Hope I’ve given you a good idea of the cast and characters of The Family, and I hope it entices you to give it a read. Thanks again!







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Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her master’s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She lives in California with her family. The Family is her first novel (Full Fathom Five Digital) and will be coming out October 2014.







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