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The Middlesteins: A Novel Jami Attenberg

The Middlesteins: A Novel

Jami Attenberg

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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: Edies enormous girth. Shes obsessed with food--thinking aboutMoreFor 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: Edies enormous girth. Shes obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it--and if she doesnt stop, she wont 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-laws life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin childrens spectacular bnai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edies 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.