STRANGER THAN 'FICTION' At first engaging, Darst's stories grow harder to palate the deeper one gets into the book

Fiction Ruined My Family

If Darst, the youngest daughter of two deeply eccentric bluebloods fallen from great wealth to shabby gentility and, eventually, booze-soaked squalor, is rich in anything, it’s material. Fiction Ruined My Family is both engaging and exhausting — like having a charming, wildly witty party guest whose stories grow increasingly unhinged as the night wears on. Some may not have the stomach (or the built-in emotional Dramamine) to follow her harrowing, often disjointed tales, but Lord knows the girl’s got flair. B+