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The Middlesteins 

The Middlesteins (2012)
A novel by Jami Attenberg

 

"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


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 pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle-- a whippet thin perfectionist-- is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin children's spectacular b'nai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edie's 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.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2013 : Library Binding
Title: The Middlesteins
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: 1611736242 / 9781611736243 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

October 2012 : Hardback
Title: The Middlesteins: A Novel
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: 1455507210 / 9781455507214
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Paperback Editions

September 2013 : Paperback
Title: The Middlesteins
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: 184668935X / 9781846689352 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2013 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Middlesteins
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: 1455547778 / 9781455547777
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

June 2013 : Paperback
Title: The Middlesteins: A Novel
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: 1455507202 / 9781455507207
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2013 : Paperback
Title: The Middlesteins
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: 1846689325 / 9781846689321 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

February 2013 : Kindle edition
Title: The Middlesteins
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: B00B5639KG
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2012 : Kindle edition
Title: The Middlesteins: A Novel
Author(s): Jami Attenberg
ISBN: B0076BQJMO
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Availability: Amazon   

 


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