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A Normal Family

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6th July 2023

Price: £10.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781913183158

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5* ‘A jaw-dropping memoir’ – THE TELEGRAPH

‘One of the maddest memoirs you’ll read this year… a beautiful, warm, funny book.’ –The Times

‘A wholly absorbing page-turner that everyone will want to read. You should probably buy two.’ -Kirkus Starred Review

‘A riveting debut.’ –People Magazine

‘By turns hilarious, wrenching, and achingly tender.’ -Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author

‘A remarkable and wise book, two memoirs braided together with such tendresse that readers will come to believe the ironic title in earnest’ –LA TIMES

‘Riveting and hilariously funny’ – The Times

For most of her life, Chrysta Bilton was one member of a small, if dysfunctional, family of four. There was her sister, Kaitlyn, her hedonistic, glamorous, gay mum Debra, and Jeffrey, who Debra hand-picked, in an LA hairdressers, to be the father of her children. During Chrysta’s unstable childhood, Debra struggled to keep the family afloat and Jeffrey wandered in and out of their lives.

Then, in her twenties, Chrysta discovered that her father had secretly donated his sperm over 500 times – and that she had at least 35 other siblings.

A Normal Family is a captivating coming-of-age memoir about Chrysta’s reckoning with the secrets both parents had carefully kept from her. Heartfelt, warm and funny, it’s a story of embracing the family we have, in all the forms we find it.


PEOPLE magazine
Bilton's twisty life story is fascinating, and her eye for detail and ability to plumb her painful past for meaning make this a riveting debut.
The Times
This beautiful, warm, funny book is a testament to human resilience, forgiveness and humour. It is also a love letter to an extraordinary mother.
Is there anything original left to say about surviving a dysfunctional upbringing? A Normal Family by Chrysta Bilton takes this question almost as a dare.
Vulnerable and omniscient
The Guardian
The Telegraph
5* - A jaw-dropping memoir
The Times
One of the maddest memoirs you'll read this year... a beautiful, warm, funny book.