The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg audiobook

The Middlesteins

By Jami Attenberg
Read by Molly Ringwald

Hachette Book Group
6.93 Hours 1
Format : CD (In Stock)
  • $29.99

    ISBN: 9781619695412

For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago: two children, a nice house in the Chicago suburbs, ample employment, generous friends. 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 easygoing, 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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

A Great Lakes Great Reads Pick for Fall 2012

Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List

A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2012

For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago: two children, a nice house in the Chicago suburbs, ample employment, generous friends. 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 easygoing, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jami Attenberg’s comic-tragic portrait of The Middlesteins, a quirky Midwestern Jewish family collapsing under burdens of betrayal, desire, and obesity, is delish.” Vanity Fair
“Expansive heart and sly wit…Throughout this poignant novel, the characters wrestle with two defining questions: What do we owe each other after a life together? What do we owe ourselves?” O, The Oprah Magazine
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
“Attenberg’s characters’ thoughts—Richard and Benny in particular—seem utterly real, and her wry, observational humor often hits sideways rather than head-on…A wonderfully messy and layered family portrait.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Deeply satisfying…A sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Somewhat reminiscent of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding…Ringwald’s crisp voice brings listeners right into the family crises with her clear, nicely paced reading…Ringwald makes slight adjustments in cadence to signal character shifts. She puts a lighthearted lilt into her voice to capture such humorous episodes as when food-obsessed Edie texts her husband that she is at a well-known Chicago hot-dog restaurant. Give this to fans of domestic fiction.” Booklist (audio review)
“An irresistible family portrait with piquant social commentary. Kinetic with hilarity and anguish, romance and fury, Attenberg’s rapidly consumed yet nourishing novel anatomizes our insatiable hunger for love, meaning, and hope.” Booklist (starred review)
“Attenberg finds ample comic moments in this wry tale about an unraveling marriage. She has a great ear for dialog, and the novel is perfectly paced…She seamlessly weaves comedy and tragedy in this warm and engaging family saga of love and loss.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Jami Attenberg

Author Bio: Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the author of the story collection Instant Love and several novels, including The Kept Man, The Melting Season, and The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has contributed essays and criticism to the New York Times, Real Simple,Elle, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English