The Middlesteins Edie Middlestein weighs more than 350 pounds and keeps gorging herself, helpless against the grotesque appetite that's threatening her life and ripping her family apart.… The Middlesteins Edie Middlestein weighs more than 350 pounds and keeps gorging herself, helpless against the grotesque appetite that's threatening her life and ripping her family apart.… 2012-10-23 Fiction Grand Central Publishing
Book Review

The Middlesteins (2012)

FOOD WARS This sympathetic novel about a woman's insatiable appetite is intriguing, but un-insightful
FOOD WARS This sympathetic novel about a woman's insatiable appetite is intriguing, but un-insightful
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 23, 2012; Writer: Jami Attenberg; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Edie Middlestein weighs more than 350 pounds and keeps gorging herself, helpless against the grotesque appetite that's threatening her life and ripping her family apart. Why can't this brainy, charismatic woman stop eating? The Middlesteins doesn't offer much of an answer. Attenberg's slender fourth novel is an intriguing dysfunctional-family story told from multiple, fast-shifting points of view, but it never sits still long enough to truly explore the complicated minds of its characters. It's a deeply sympathetic novel that could use a little more insight. B

Originally posted Oct 17, 2012 Published in issue #1230 Oct 26, 2012 Order article reprints