The middlesteins is a fun book its also a sad book the middlesteins are a middle class jewish family living in chicago theyre only a generation away from escaping the holocaust and or their working class roots this is a three generation saga that traces the impact each generation has on the next. The middlesteins by jami attenberg 273 pp grand central publishing 2499 julie orringer is the author of a novel the invisible bridge and a story collection how to breathe . The middlesteins by jami attenberg is one of the funniest novels of the year it is also one of the saddest filled with sad characters doing sad things and meeting sad fates the female protagonist an accomplished lawyer in suburban chicago is in the process of eating herself to death . The middlesteins grand central publishing 2012 jami attenberg in her fourth and newest novel the middlesteins gives us the rare sort of novel that captures exactly how it feels to live these days through the prism of a family in a very idiosyncratic culture ie a jewish culture. In jami attenbergs new novel the middlesteins the relationships between members of one suburban chicago family are riddled with emotional landmines that all seem to link back to one woman
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