The Middlesteins: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jami Attenberg

Narrated By: Molly Ringwald

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: October 2012

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Michelle Kaatz

    Molly Ringwald does a great job narrating this book. The story takes a somewhat dark look at family and food and the characters' relationships with both. We see the characters from every perspective, and so are led to simultaneously see the worst and the best in their every move. An interesting examination of family obligations and what taking care of others and ourselves really means.

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