What do you do if your mother and father drive off one morning and rob a bank?
What do you do if your brother shows up to visit you weighing 386 pounds?
What do you do if your sister calls for help because your nephew has thrown a frozen pig’s head into a mosque?
These are the fictional premises of the three novels I want to recommend today – Canada by Richard Ford, Big Brother by Lionel Shriver, and The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. All three of them are about how families can go wrong, very wrong; and all three of them make you bless the comfort of an uneventful family.