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The Middlesteins - Jami Attenberg
The Middlesteins
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For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it--and if she doesn't stop, she won't... show more
For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it--and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle-- a whippet thin perfectionist-- is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin children's spectacular b'nai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781455507207 (1455507202)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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3.5 The American Family: The Biggest Losers
This is a disturbing novel. Many readers look at it as the story of three generations of a dysfunctial family. If you look at 3 generations of any family, I'm sure you will find several oddballs. I believe this novel is speaking to us, the American people. Every day we are bombarded with ads about s...
Overdue
Overdue rated it
This is a disturbing novel. Many readers look at it as the story of three generations of a dysfunctial family. If you look at 3 generations of any family, I'm sure you will find several oddballs. I believe this novel is speaking to us, the American people. Every day we are bombarded with ads about s...
Overdue
Overdue rated it
This is a disturbing novel. Many readers look at it as the story of three generations of a dysfunctial family. If you look at 3 generations of any family, I'm sure you will find several oddballs. I believe this novel is speaking to us, the American people. Every day we are bombarded with ads about s...
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2.0 The Middlesteins
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-middlesteins.htmlThe Middlesteins takes on the tough issues of obesity. The obese person - who they are, how they got to this point, why they got to this point, and to what extent their obesity defines them. It als...
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I'm Reading... rated it
5.0
What a beautiful book about family relations! A must-read for everyone who loves to read.Other thoughts/reviews:Everyday I Write the Book: http://everydayiwritethebookblog.com/2013/06/the-middlesteins-by-jami-attenberg/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FvAsA+%28Eve...
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