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The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

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This book is about the effect a morbidly obese obsessive-compulsive eater has on her family.  It's true that matriarch Edie's non-stop consumption weighs heavily on her family, but so does her impending divorce from husband of 30-something years, Richard.  We get everyone's point of view. Pharmacist Richard who just wants to have sex again before he dies.   Schoolteacher daughter Robin who is forced to spend more time in the hated suburbs tending to her mother, son Benny and daughter-in-law Rachelle whose family in thrown into its own upheaval because of Rachelle's fear of them all ending up like Edie,  and several other relatives and friends of the Middlesteins.

The reader is taken through the years with the Middlesteins during important turning points in their relationships and the daily annoyances that build up to crushing anger. Attenberg has a way of conjuring up a distinct feeling in a few words.  My favorite being:  "Robin looked at Daniel and had the meanest thought of her entire life.  He'll do."   It's well worth reading. Check Our Catalog

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