On the eve of the next Space Shuttle mission, a divided family comes together . . . Warm, witty and wise, 'All Families Are Psychotic' is Coupland at the very top of his form.
'You know, this was supposed to be a happy family week that drew us all closer - all that NASA hokum: prayer breakfasts, zodiac boat tours through swamps, a chance encounter with a Kennedy family member . . . And you wouldn't believe the other astronaut families. They're practically astronauts themselves - shoes buffed like mirrors; too many teeth; half of them are military and talk in barking Navy SEAL voices. They drive me nuts, they're so enthusiastic. Our own family is a disaster.'
In a cheap motel room an hour from Cape Canaveral, Janet Drummond, (ex-wife of an all-American astronaut), looks at the clock - 7.03 am. She has the whole of this sultry Florida morning to contemplate her family, and where it all went wrong. Or did it?
'People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's family. The only family that ever horrifies you is your own.'