The Middlesteins Lib/E

Jami Attenberg (Author) Molly Ringwald (Read by)

Product Details

Hachette Book Group
Publish Date
December 01, 2012
6.2 X 1.6 X 7.3 inches | 1.1 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

JAMI ATTENBERG is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up. She has contributed essays to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, and Longreads, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans.
Molly Ringwald's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vogue, and she is the author of the bestselling novel-in-stories When It Happens to You.


Jami Attenberg's comic-tragic portrait of The Middlesteins, a quirky Midwestern Jewish family collapsing under burdens of betrayal, desire, and obesity, is delish.

-- "Vanity Fair"

Expansive heart and sly wit...Throughout this poignant novel, the characters wrestle with two defining questions: What do we owe each other after a life together? What do we owe ourselves?

-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"

Attenberg finds ample comic moments in this wry tale about an unraveling marriage. She has a great ear for dialog, and the novel is perfectly paced...She seamlessly weaves comedy and tragedy in this warm and engaging family saga of love and loss.

-- "Library Journal"

The Middlesteins had 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.

-- "Jonathan Franzen"

Attenberg's characters' thoughts-Richard and Benny in particular-seem utterly real, and her wry, observational humor often hits sideways rather than head-on...A wonderfully messy and layered family portrait.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Deeply satisfying...A sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Somewhat reminiscent of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding...Ringwald's crisp voice brings listeners right into the family crises with her clear, nicely paced reading...Ringwald makes slight adjustments in cadence to signal character shifts. She puts a lighthearted lilt into her voice to capture such humorous episodes as when food-obsessed Edie texts her husband that she is at a well-known Chicago hot-dog restaurant. Give this to fans of domestic fiction.

-- "Booklist (audio review)"

An irresistible family portrait with piquant social commentary. Kinetic with hilarity and anguish, romance and fury, Attenberg's rapidly consumed yet nourishing novel anatomizes our insatiable hunger for love, meaning, and hope.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"