Spotlight on The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago.  But things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie’s fixated on 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 their distant daughter Robin, their easygoing son Benny, and their perfectionist daughter-in-law Rachelle to save Edie’s life.  Do Edie’s devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?  Written with pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor THE MIDDLESTEINS is an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession.


And it’s a truly unflinching portrait of a larger-than-life woman that is full of heart.  Jami Attenberg’s story filled me up.  Look for my review soon.  I strongly encourage you to read this, one of the best books of 2012.

The Author

The Author

What people are saying about THE MIDDLESTEINS?

“I couldn’t help absolutely devouring The Middlesteins.  This smorgasbord of a book about food, family, love, sex, and loss is like the Jewish The Corrections, yet menschier and with a heart–and it’s hilarious!”

—Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

“A rich family portrait that’s sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, and gripping all the way through.”

—J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement and Maine

“A truly original American novel, at once topical and universally timeless.  This novel will make you laugh, cry, cringe in recognition, and crave lamb-cumin noodles.”

—Kate Christensen, author of The Astral and The Great Man

This is a story to gobble up all in one sitting.


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