Big Brother: Brilliant family fiction from the award-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Big Brother: Brilliant family fiction from the award-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin

Big Brother: Brilliant family fiction from the award-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Or, as her appalled husband puts it: "You're moving in with your brother, so you can read each other the nutritional label on the cottage cheese. And when she wasn't doing THAT, there was her other fall back writing method similar to Claire Messud's latest along with Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland whereby we are "treated" to the stiff, intense musings and overly detailed accounts of the highly annoying, cold and off putting heroine. I had absolutely no idea what the story was about and no idea what the picture on the cover was about. What Shriver characters also tend to have in common is a clear view of both the world and themselves.

Few subjects can be as topical as this one, and enjoyable as her novel about cancer ( So Much for That) was, Shriver has written her best novel yet in Big Brother, inspired by her own brother's death from obesity. Still, what follows is one of the most suspenseful and engaging accounts of a diet that I can imagine reading. Once a handsome jazz musician, Pandora does not recognize her brother when he disembarks from the plane.As Pandora and Edison embark on their terrifyingly strict liquid diet, and as – touchingly and literally – a long-ago version of Edison starts to reappear, so too the experiment begins to take its toll on the whole family. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. The only reason it's NOT a 5, is that I had difficulty with the premise of the plot, which actually resolves itself in the last 15 pages. According to the friend on the other end of the line,however, Edison was experiencing some unspecified personal problems and needed a place to stay until he could figure how what to do. When her older jazz musician brother, Edison, moves in with them for a couple of months, her family life deteriorates further.

Lionel Shriver’s novels include the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Both narrator and author were working through a rescue fantasy and attempting to convince themselves that it would never have worked anyway as a way of dealing with the guilt of never going all-out to try the rescue in real life. I adore Shriver's use of language and phrasing however 20 pages from the end, in my opinion, she ruined it using the adult equivalent of "and then I woke up and it had all been a dream". Yes, I understand the response that this is preventable, etcetera, but like depression, like other medical diagnoses, which can show in other ways, none of us know these strangers' stories.

Anyway, Edison's clumsiness as well as overall poor eating habits (translating into cooking very bad things for the fam) leads to inevitable tension, until finally he is set to leave. After letting himself gorge himself into even more parlously poor health for two solid months, the while keeping my eyes timidly averted like a "mousy dishrag", the bossiness was refreshing. While you come to your own realizations as you turn the pages, it seems as though the author is right along side you, which is what makes this book so brilliant. I know that the plot summary above sounds like it could come from a Terry Fallis novel– a humorous kind of narrative could easily come about from something like this. She soon finds out that he is also no longer the Jeff Bridges lookalike that he once was so she is determined to help him shed some of his excess 200lbs.



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