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The Middlesteins

Jami Attenberg

After almost 40 years of marriage, Chicago pharmacist Richard Middlestein leaves his lawyer wife Edie shortly before she's scheduled for an operation. Their grown children, Robin and Benny, are outraged. How could their father do such a thing? Richard claims that Edie's obsession with food--she now weighs over 300 pounds and has numerous health problems because of it--is the main cause of their marriage's demise. Can this relationship be saved? With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg (The Melting Season, 2010) has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession.