Thursday, November 1, 2012

NOVEMBER KICK-OFF! - A GREAT PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: THE MIDDLESTEINS

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THE MIDDLESTEINS
BY JAMI ATTENBERG

ABOUT THE BOOK:
For more than thirty 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. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, 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.
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and two novels, The Kept Man and The Melting Season. She has contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, Print, Nylon, Slate, Time Out New York, BookForum, Nerve, and many other publications. A blogger since 1998, she received the Village Voice's Blog Post of the Year award for 2010. She lives in New York and is originally from Chicago. 

PRAISE FOR THE MIDDLESTEINS:
"Attenberg's narrative voice - a lean, straight-ahead, deadpan tone that cuts cleanly through Catherine's hypocrisy and self-pity like a laser-guided strike - makes The Melting Season singular and disquieting." (Chicago Tribune).

“Sleeper hit of the fall,” said Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson on “CBS This Morning.”

...A starred review: “A sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life.” (Kirkus Reviews)  

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW UPCOMING:
As soon as I read about this book, I knew I would love it. I have just finished and will be posting my review soon. Please watch for it and there will be chances for bonus entries. However, as I chose THE MIDDLESTEINS to "Kick Off November" and my return to blogging, I hope you realize how MUCH I love this book. You just may want to run out and get your own copy if you can't wait for a chance to win one. I don't think you will be disappointed! 

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO SONYA AND THE GREAT FOLKS
AT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE THREE
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132 comments:

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This does sound like a very good book. I would like to see what all the issues were that caused her weight gain. I would really like to read this book.
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I have had this book on my wishlist since I saw it on Amazon as one of the books to look out for this fall. I love the idea of a heroine who is imperfect and how her various "loved ones" interact with her and deal with her imperfections. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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rubynreba said...

It seems like everyone is obsessed with food these days. Looks like a good book.
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Carol N Wong said...

I have a food problem too. I have better success at not eating it than about thinking about it. I want to know what set off Mrs. Middlestein's addiction.

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I'd love to read this because I think I need it..I'm addicted to food

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