The Middlesteins - Jami Attenberg

Just when you think you’re done reading about dysfunctional American families, a novel like The Middlesteins (Grand Central, $24.99) will come along and blow you away. Prepare to become deeply invested in the loves and longings of the eponymous, semi-chaotic Jewish clan from Chicago. With humor, warmth, and extraordinary compassion, Jami Attenberg introduces us to Edie, the tough, fierce matriarch who can’t stop eating; Richard, the husband who leaves her after forty years of marriage; and Robin and Benny, the adult children, distracted by troubles of their own. On every page, Attenberg proves there’s still a lot to say—about family, heartache, food—and so many fresh and funny ways to say it.

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ISBN: 9781455507207
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 4th, 2013

Love Bomb - Lisa Zeidner

In a suburban New Jersey great room, an aggrieved woman wearing a wedding dress, a gas mask, and reinforced steel-toe work boots upstages the bride and takes the guests hostage—a disproportionate percentage of whom happen to be Jewish psychotherapists all too eager to offer competing diagnoses: “They would think she was schizophrenic just on the basis of the outfit. The outfit alone screamed inpatient.” Lisa Zeidner’s deliciously dark and very funny fifth novel, Love Bomb (Sarah Crichton, $26), has received rave reviews in both The New York Times and The Washington Post; Jonathan Yardley compared her to the late, beloved novelist Laurie Colwin. The book’s warmth and hilarity are scaffolded by Zeidner’s crisp sentences and her sharp observations of suburban life.

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ISBN: 9781250037695
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - May 28th, 2013