A moving, hilarious, and deeply perceptive novel of universal themes: family, love and greed.
Edie and Richard have been married for over 30 years, living in the Chicago suburbs. Everyone who knew them - even their own children Robin and Benny - agreed that Edie was a tough woman to love, but no-one expected Richard to walk out on her, especially not in her condition. Edie is 59 years old, she weighs 300 pounds, and her doctors have told her she'll die if she doesn't stop eating. As Richard is shut out by the family and seeks solace in the world of internet dating, Robin is dragged back from the city and forced to rebuild a relationship with her mother. Meanwhile Benny and his neurotic wife Rachelle try to take control of the situation. But have any of them stopped to think about whether Edie really wants to be saved? Written with sly humour, warmth and great insight, The Middlesteins is a novel about what it means to be part of a family.
About the Author
Jami Attenberg is the author of two previous novels and a collection of short stories. She has written for the New York Times, The Rumpus, Salon, and numerous other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"'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) 'Blazing, ferocious and greathearted... The Middlesteins will blow you away' (Lauren Groff)"
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1