Edie Middlestein

Fleshing Out A Story

Jami Attenberg on the inspiration behind ‘The Middlesteins.’

01/08/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic

Edie Middlestein loves fast-food sandwiches, potato chips with onion dip, and Chinese dumplings stuffed with spicy seafood. She likes devil’s-food cookies too, and once, late at night, while everyone at home was sleeping, ate two boxes of them to see what would happen. She didn’t feel a thing.

Attenberg’s book, about a character “who hits rock bottom physically, delves into themes of Jews and food. michael sharkey
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