From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a 39-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection. Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she's a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it's what she leaves unsaid - she's alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh - that feels the most true.
"I liked this one"
For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. 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. With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession.
"Ended too soon"
Meet Mazie Phillips: big hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty - even when Prohibition kicks in - and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.
"A Rough Gritty Story Of A Hard Life"
Über dreißig Jahre lang haben Edie und Richard Middlestein ein ganz normales Familienleben in einem Vorort von Chicago geführt. Auf einmal drohen die Dinge auseinanderzubrechen, nicht ganz unschuldig daran ist Edies enormer Umfang. Essen ist für sie eine Sucht - und wenn sich das nicht ändert, hat sie nicht mehr lange zu leben. Als Richard ihren Eigensinn nicht mehr aushält und Edie verlässt, machen ihre Tochter Robin, ihr Sohn Benny und dessen Frau Rachelle es sich zur Aufgabe, Edie zu retten.