Jonathan Franzen raves
"The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages, but it wasn't until its final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg's sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling."
Kate Christensen says
"The Middlesteins is a truly original American novel, at once topical and universally timeless. Jami Attenberg has created a Midwestern Jewish family who are quintessentially familiar but fiercely, mordantly idiosyncratic. This novel will make you laugh, cry, cringe in recognition, and crave lamb-cumin noodles. This is a stunningly wonderful book."
And Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it
"Deeply satisfying. . . . A sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life."
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