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The Middlesteins (Jami Attenberg, 2012)

Jami Attenberg’s fourth novel, The Middlesteins, delves deeply into the interconnected lives of one family. At the center of this family is Edie Middlestein, a mother and grandmother whose uncontrollable eating and subsequent health issues transform the lives of her loved ones. Spanning four generations and lifetimes of change in a Chicago suburb, The Middlesteins is a familial … Continue reading

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We Are Not Ourselves (Matthew Thomas, 2014)

Matthew Thomas’ debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, is a masterful, deeply moving portrait of a woman (Eileen Leary, née Tumulty) and her family that spans five decades and three generations. Born in the Irish immigrant community of Woodside, Queens in the 1940s, Eileen survives a difficult childhood and becomes a successful nurse administrator and the anchor … Continue reading

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Super Sad True Love Story (Gary Shteyngart, 2010)

Gary Shteyngart’s third novel, Super Sad True Love Story, lives up to at least one part of its hyperbolic title. It is a love story of sorts about a woefully mismatched couple: a middle-aged Russian-American neurotic, Lenny Abramov, and Eunice Park, a beautiful Korean-American 20-something-year-old. Luckily for readers, Super Sad True Love Story is bracingly funny even … Continue reading

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Bark (Lorrie Moore, 2014)

Lorrie Moore’s fifth short story collection, Bark (2014), explores relationships in various stages of disintegration. From the title story, “Debarking”, to “Paper Losses” and “Wings”, Moore chronicles the emotional states of couples falling apart: the desperation of a woman who participates in a cruel scheme to please her companion, the alienation of a husband and … Continue reading