From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business–and her family–with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire–and himself into an angel–the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky’s Karamozovs. But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey’s hands, a masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror.

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