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The Middlesteins

Attenberg, Jami (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Middlesteins


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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.
Authors: Attenberg, Jami
Title: The Middlesteins
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Pub.,, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 273 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 1455507210
9781455507214
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Comment by: readbooks500 Report This Nov 12, 2012

It’s always amazing to find fiction set in Skokie, my home town, but the familiar landmarks and nostalgia are the frosting. Attenberg proves Tolstoy’s maxim that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. The Middlesteins live through some pretty outrageous dysfunction with believable characterization. Why do I know these people so well?


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I really tried with this book, could not get it, had to put it down.

Report This Apr 17, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked it - I'm a bit tired of reading about dysfunctional families and the universal battle with salt, sugar and fat...

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  • jthomas1527 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The only reason why I am continuing to read this book is to get to the bottom of Edie's compulsive eating. Unfortunately, Robin is not very likable - if that is what Attenberg intended.

Jami Attenberg illuminates the complex effects of one woman's obsessive compulsion on everyone in her family

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