Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Middlesteins

Taut. Jami Attenberg’s novel, The Middlesteins, will appeal to readers like me who can explore dysfunction in a family and find humor, compassion and empathy. Food takes center stage in this novel, as it has in the relationship between protagonists Edie and Richard Middlestein. Attenberg draws a taut line in the novel as she presents troubled and sad characters who create much of their own distress. Too extreme and the characters would be unbelievable. I thought Attenberg used a light touch to make these characters fully human and recognizable to all readers. This novel would provide engaging conversation for book groups, especially about obsessions, self-destructive behavior, and the struggles of married life. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Middlesteins from amazon.com.

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