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‘I thought my family was complicated until I read Chrysta Bilton’s wonderful memoir about the unique collection of irresistible characters in her life. Bilton has a big heart, gentle wisdom, keen eye and lovely wit. She’s a gifted writer with an astonishing story to tell.’ David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy

For most of her life, Chrysta Bilton was one member of a small, if dysfunctional, family of four. Then, in her twenties, she discovered that her father had secretly donated his sperm over 500 times – and that she potentially had over 150 siblings!

Initially, Chrysta tucked this revelation away and ignored any questions, unable to deal with its impact. But as the years wore on, her curiosity grew and she began to unearth a picture of who her parents really were and the secrets they both held about her identity.

A Normal Family is a funny and captivating coming-of-age memoir about Chrysta’s surreal childhood in LA in the ’80s and ’90s, and her reckoning as an adult with the family she never knew she had. A bold and compelling read, it is, above all, a story about forgiveness, making peace with your family and where you came from.

Reviews

'I thought my family was complicated until I read Chrysta Bilton's wonderful memoir about the unique collection of irresistible characters in her life. Bilton has a big heart, gentle wisdom, keen eye and lovely wit. She's a gifted writer with an astonishing story to tell.' -David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy