For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago: two children, a nice house in the Chicago suburbs, ample employment, generous friends. But now things are splintering apartfor one reason, it seems: Edies enormous girth. Shes obsessed with foodthinking about it, eating itand 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 easygoing, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachellea whippet thin perfectionistis 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.
Praise for this book
"THE Middlesteins had me from its very first pages, but it wasn't until its final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg's sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling." - Jonathan Franzen
Used availability for Jami Attenburg's The Middlesteins
January 2013 : USA Audio CD