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Big Brother: A Novel - Lionel Shriver
Big Brother: A Novel
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Big Brother is a striking novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed author the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the... show more
Big Brother is a striking novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed author the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and spends hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me.Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: an issue both social and excruciatingly personal. It asks just how much sacrifice we'll make to save single members of our families, and whether it's ever possible to save loved ones from themselves.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061458576 (0061458570)
ASIN: 0061458570
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
3.0 Big Brother: A Novel
Unfortunately, I will forever compare Shriver's books to "We Need to talk about Kevin" and this was not nearly as compelling to me.
Gayla
Gayla rated it
3.5 Big Brother
It's hard to know what to say about a book in which the author is so obviously laying out her own personal issues. (As described here.) I can't help but wonder if she would have been better off just talking about some of this with a therapist. It's an interesting (if odd) book, not badly written, bu...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
3.0
Such an oddly told story..... The first part of the book was so sad, and the second part was perplexing. Why would anyone lose so much weight only drinking some shady powders, and get it off so easily with no other health consequences like excess skin? But then in the third part of the book every...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it
1.0 Big Brother: A Novel
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/09/big-brother.htmlBig Brother is a book about a dysfunctional family and about obesity. Pandora lives in Iowa with her husband, Fletcher, and her two stepchildren. Edison is Pandora's brother.Pandora owns a business that...
wesleylau
wesleylau rated it
As much about the daily struggles with self-worth as it is about an overweight sibling. Revealing and honest.
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