Normal Family

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COMEDY

1960s & '70s

Don Trowden

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An adorable boy struggles to survive four outlandish family holidays in 1968 in this bittersweet coming-of-age novel. The entire action is set over four holidays in 1968 among an eccentric family of writers. Humor masks pain in this moving portrait of a boy becoming a young man.

Genre

Comedy

Short Summary

The story opens at the breakfast table on Thanksgiving morning in 1968, where our young hero is unable to get any of the eccentric characters to acknowledge his existence. This is the first of four holidays where no food will find its way to his mouth.


A massive fire on Independence Day at the Greenwich Country Club leads to a tragedy that will forever reshape the young boy's life. He discovers the truth about his sick mother and her traumatic childhood escaping Nazi Germany.

Setting

Greenwich, CT; Providence RI

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Henry Pendergast

Age: Ten

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Sarcastic,Funny,Selfless,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: George Pendergast

Age: 79

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Clumsy,Complex,Crazy,Decisive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Sarcastic,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Eve Pendergast

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Engaging,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Underdog,Sexy,Blunt,Selfless,Funny,Sarcastic,Secretive,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Eve Pendergast

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Clumsy,Complex,Crazy,Desperate,Empathetic,Heroic,Educated,Funny,Outspoken,Seductive,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

This charming coming-of-age novel is set entirely over four holidays in 1968 and features a cast of eccentric characters with a family secret lurking in the background. Readers have compared it to A Christmas Story, as the protagonist is a delightful ten-year-old boy observing the imperfect adult world through innocent eyes. Several laugh-out-loud scenes are skillfully interspersed with the seriousness of the tensions looming within the family. The novel is highly cinematic with beautiful locations and elegant characters. Set in the 1960s, the possibilities for costume design showcasing the transition from 1950s cool to 1960s hippie should appeal in a similar way to MadMen. Viewers will be taken on a frenetic journey of laughter and pain in this entertaining family movie, ideal for the holidays.

About The Author

Don Trowden is the author of Normal Family, No One Ran to the Altar, and All the Lies We Live. The pitch line for Normal Family is: An adorable boy struggles to survive four outlandish family holidays in 1968 in this bittersweet coming-of-age novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Aspergers in children, psychologists

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Publerati

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-0-9979137-1-2