The Middlesteins: A Novel

The Middlesteins: A Novel

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… (more)

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I’m interested in expressing emotional truths (November 07, 2012)
Interview of Jami Attenberg by Lara Touitou

The Middlesteins is the fourth novel published by Jami Attenberg. This funny and moving story of a Jewish dysfunctional family introduces us to Edie, the mother who is obsessed with food, Richard, her husband drifting apart, and her children, who quite don’t know how to deal with something that might lead to her demise.

Editorial reviews (12 reviews)

In its compassionate account of ordinary unhappiness, and of our hunger to make connections, it will leave readers satisfied.

Attenberg writes well, with economy and a welcome lack of sentimentality, but after finishing this novel one is left numb – rather like a binge eater feasting and gorging, only to feel empty when it’s all gone.

The Middlesteins calls back to Richard Ford’s untidy domestic dramas, which spill out into the streets beyond. In this book, the promise of the nuclear family isn’t enough to hold the center, but it appeals to the view that community can bind tighter than blood.

Book Details  

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 23, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9781455507191

File size: 1.6 MB

Language: English

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