Jami Attenberg’s novel The Middlesteins (Grand Central, $24.99) is an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together: two children, a nice house in the Chicago suburbs, ample employment, and generous friends. But now things are splintering apart for one reason: Edie’s enormous girth. Edie’s obsessed with food; if she doesn’t stop eating, she won’t have much longer to live. “The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages.”—Jonathan Franzen. Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for a number of publications, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffinging Post. Attenberg is also the author of two novels, The Kept Man and The Melting Season.