Womp womp. This book fell right in the middle for me, no pun intended.
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg is a story about a woman, Edie Middlestein, who is killing herself through the process of overeating. Her husband, Richard, decides to leave her. The responsibilities of Edie now fall onto the kids (who are not so perfect), and all the blame onto Richard.
I liked the concept of the story, but it really was just a dysfunctional family story. I expected too much from the obesity angle, thinking it would provide a little more depth to the novel.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but Jonathan Franzen was. He said, “The Middlesteins has me from its very first pages, but it wasn’t until its final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg’s sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling.”
Do you enjoy reading dysfunctional family stories?