The Middlesteins

The Middlesteins

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781619695399
1619695391
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: streaming audio file (1 audio file (6hr., 56 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Ringwald, Molly
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Jan 01, 2018

The Middlesteins is about a saddish family. The mother has been overweight her whole life, finding pleasure, love, and friendship from her food. Her children and husband want her to stop over-eating, to no avail. She finds that “food is a good place to hide.”
I just flat didn’t like this book. I didn’t like the characters, nor find them interesting. The story was the opposite of riveting. It offered no insights nor revelations that could enrich my life.

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