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The Middlesteins

Attenberg, Jami (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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
Statement of Responsibility: Jami Attenberg
Subject Headings: Chicago Region (Ill.) Fiction. Obesity Fiction. Middle West Fiction. Life change events Fiction. Families Fiction.
Topical Term: Obesity
Life change events
Families
LCCN: 2011025990
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Edie Middlestein’s family agrees: she is not an easy woman to love. She is domineering, demanding, and passionate. And, if that weren’t enough, Edie is eating herself to death. She’s a dedicated lawyer--one cannot fault her for going to the mat for all kinds of causes, but Edie’s greatest passion... Read More »

The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.

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.


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Jul 10, 2014
  • gramercygal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think you have to be Jewish to really understand this book.

Well written and a fast read.

NYPL Staff Pick
Two siblings with very different personalities attempt to control their mother's food obsession and massive weight gain after their father walks out.
- Selection Team

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

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...

Apr 12, 2013
  • 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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