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Jami Attenberg is the author of Saint Mazie; The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was published in nine countries; a story collection, Instant Love; and the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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An edgy, astute, robustly dynamic tale, taking snapshots of a life and allowing them to parade provocatively in front of you. Andrea is nearly 40, she doesn't have children, or a partner, she continuously battles expectations and other peoples judgement. Andrea opens windows into her world, with time not running concurrently, we slide backwards and forwards in an almost chaotic but incredibly powerful way. At first I wasn't sure what to make of Andrea, she can be abrasive and fatalistic, yet as I got to know her, any initial concerns about her, altered to being concerned for her, to caring about her. Jami Attenberg somehow encouraged hidden voices and thoughts skulking in a sealed shut wardrobe in my own mind to open the door and let themselves be heard. Her writing is incredible powerful, there is a beguiling sense of freedom and candour skimming the pages. Prodding, slashing, hammering at your awareness, ‘All Grown Up’ is a mesmerising tale, it’s short yet contains a lifetime of living. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a letter from Jami Attenberg about this book.
An astonishing, stimulating, and quite quite wonderful novel based on the life of the indomitable Mazie Phillips who lived in New York through some of the most interesting times of the first part of the 20th century. With a fictional mix of diaries, recounting of family history and an unpublished autobiography, this has an almost documentary feel to it; it is quite matter of fact, which cleverly emphasises the emotion and feeling behind the written word. There is a stark rawness to this novel, it feels as though the author has seen a truth, felt a connection to Mazie and born witness to her audacious individuality. In this interesting, clever read, Attenberg takes a fictional peek at the woman behind the celebrity, in all her gutsy, passionate, courageous glory. Visit our 'Women's Words - 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction' to explore our collection of feminist-minded fiction from around the world, and across centuries.
An astonishing, stimulating, and quite quite wonderful novel based on the life of the indomitable Mazie Phillips who lived in New York through some of the most interesting times of the first part of the 20th century. With a fictional mix of diaries, recounting of family history and an unpublished autobiography, this has an almost documentary feel to it; it is quite matter of fact, which cleverly emphasises the emotion and feeling behind the written word. There is a stark rawness to this novel, it feels as though the author has seen a truth, felt a connection to Mazie and born witness to her audacious individuality. In this interesting, clever read, Attenberg takes a fictional peek at the woman behind the celebrity, in all her gutsy, passionate, courageous glory. ~ Liz Robinson
Victor Tuchman - a power-hungry real estate developer and all-round bad man - is finally on his deathbed. His daughter Alex can finally unearth the secret of who he really was. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra. As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous married life. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, bursting into crying fits in drug stores. Each family must figure out a way to move forward - with one another, for themselves and for the sake of their children.
Victor Tuchman - a power-hungry real estate developer and an all-round bad man - is finally on his deathbed. His daughter Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he really was and what he did over the course of his life. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tight-lipped mother, Barbra. As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous married life. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores while bursting into crying fits. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward - with one another, for themselves and for the sake of their children. * The Washington Post Top Ten Books * Vanity Fair Fall's best new fiction * People Magazine Book of the Week * Time Magazine Must-Read* BBC Culture Must-read *People Best Books of Fall 2019* Amazon, October Pick * Entertainment Weekly Must-read Books * Refinery29 Favourite Books of October * Vulture Best and Biggest Books to Read This Fall* New York Observer Must-read * USA Today Must-Read * Salon Must-read *
Egy regeny a felelemrol es a megbocsatasrol, a buntudatrol es az elfogadasrol, a szerepekrol, amiktol szabadulni akarunk, es a kotelekekrol, amik sosem szakadnak el. Aryn Kyle Edie es Richard Middlestein harminc eve osztjak meg egymassal szereny csaladi feszkuket Chicago egyik kulvarosaban, kapcsolatuk azonban korantsem idilli; miota a gyerekek kirepultek, szinte mindennaposak az elkepeszto indulattal vivott veszekedesek, a helyzetet pedig sulyosbitja Edie etkezesi zavara. Az asszony egyetlen orome, cselekedeteinek legfobb mozgatorugoja az etel, minel tobb es minel zsirosabb, annal jobb. Az orvosok joslata nem tul biztato: ha Edie nem valtoztat surgosen az eletmodjan, az ejszakai lakomak es a gyorsettermekbe tett titkos kiruccanasok hamarosan vegezni fognak vele. Miutan Richard ugy dont, elhagyja a feleseget, gyermekeikre, a megrogzott szingli, mogorva Robinra es a konnyelmu Bennyre, valamint Benny felesegere, a rendmanias Rachelle-re harul a feladat, hogy megmentsek Edie eletet. De meg lehet-e vonni az etkezes oromet attol, akinek a habzsolas jelenti az egyetlen igazi boldogsagot? Jami Attenberg gyenged egyutterzessel es intelligens humorral atszott regenye felkavaro eleslatassal mesel azokrol a csaladi konfliktusokrol es maganeleti nehezsegekrol, amikkel mindannyian szembesulunk a minden-napjaink soran.
'Hilarious, courageous and mesmerising' Maria Semple 'Think BBC's Fleabag set in Brooklyn' Stylist 'I'm alone. I'm a drinker. I'm a former artist. I'm a shrieker in bed. I'm the captain of the sinking ship that is my flesh.' Andrea is a single, childless 39-year-old woman who tries to navigate family, sexuality, friendships and a career she never wanted, but battles with thoughts and desires that few people would want to face up to. Gut-wrenchingly honest and shimmering with rage and intimacy, All Grown Up questions what it means to be a 21st century woman: - What if I don't want to hold your baby? - Can I date you without ever hearing about your divorce? - What can I demand of my mother now that I am an adult? - Is therapy pointless? - At what point does drinking a lot become a drinking problem? - Why does everyone keep asking me why I am not married? Powerfully intelligent and wickedly funny, All Grown Up delves into the psyche of a flawed but mesmerising character. Readers will recognise themselves in Jami Attenberg's truthful account of womanhood, though they might not always want to admit it.
Jarvis Miller lebt in New Yorks hippem Viertel Williamsburg, doch von dessen aufregendem Wandel bekommt sie nichts mit. Seit ihr Mann, ein beruhmter Kunstler, durch einen Unfall im Koma liegt, hat sie sich in hingebungsvolle Trauer zuruckgezogen. Erst als sie im Waschsalon Tony, Mal und Scott kennenlernt - drei attraktive verheiratete Manner -, entdeckt sie ihre Lebenslust wieder. Der charmante Tony sieht aus wie ein Filmstar, klagt aber ber seinen Alltag als Immobilienmakler. Der geheimnisvolle Mal ringt mit seinem ersten Buch und stuI rzt sich mit Jarvis ins New Yorker Nachtleben. Auch Scott, der liebevolle Familienvater, lsst ihr Herz schneller schlagen. Gleichzeitig ben Galeristen und KunsthaI ndler mit ihren Forderungen nach den Bildern ihres Mannes Druck auf sie aus. Der tragische Unfall hat den Wert seiner Kunst in die HoI he schnellen lassen, auch eine Ausstellung im MoMa steht ploI tzlich im Raum. Da enthuI llen eines Tages alte Fotos nie Geahntes uI ber die Vergangenheit des KuI nstlers, und Jarvis beginnt, nicht nur ihre Ehe infrage zu stellen.
Mazie Phillips wachst im New York der 1920er auf. Wahrend ihre jungere Schwester als Tanzerin durch die Varietes tingelt und die altere heiratet, wei Mazie nicht, wohin. Ihr Schwager gibt ihr einen Job in seinem Kino. Tagsuber beobachtet sie aus ihrem Kassenhauschen das lebhafte Treiben, nachts streift sie durchs Viertel. Wahrend die Prohibition heimliche Treffen in den Bars der Stadt eine Weile lang reizvoll macht, lasst die Wirtschaftskrise die Stadt verelenden. Fortan kummert sich Mazie um die Menschen auf der Strae. Diese untypische Heilige hat es wirklich gegeben. Hier wird sie in einer schillernden Collage aus Mazies Tagebucheintrgen und den Stimmen ihrer Freunde lebendig: Nach ihrem New York Times-Bestseller DIE MIDDLESTEINS legt Jami Attenberg erneut einen Roman ber eine starke Frau und ihre chaotische Familie vor - zugleich eine Liebeserklrung an New York.
Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty--even when Prohibition kicks in--and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.When the Great Depression hits, Mazie's life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won't help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it's discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell's classic Up in the Old Hotel, SAINT MAZIE is infused with Jami Attenberg's signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie's rise to "e;sainthood"e;--and her irrepressible spirit--is unforgettable. *Includes Reading Group Guide*
Uber dreiig Jahre lang haben Edie und Richard Middlestein ein ganz normales Familienleben in einem Vorort von Chicago gefuhrt. Auf einmal drohen die Dinge auseinanderzubrechen, nicht ganz unschuldig daran ist Edies enormer Umfang. Essen ist fur sie eine Sucht - und wenn sich das nicht andert, hat sie nicht mehr lange zu leben. Als Richard ihren Eigensinn nicht mehr aushalt und Edie verlasst, machen ihre Tochter Robin, ihr Sohn Benny und dessen Frau Rachelle es sich zur Aufgabe, Edie zu retten. Doch statt bei dieser heiklen Aufgabe an einem Strang zu ziehen, stehen sich alle gegenseitig im Weg. Und so steuert diese aberwitzige Familiengeschichte unerbittlich auf die spektakulare Bar-Mizwa-Party der Zwillingsenkel zu, die ein Fiasko zu werden droht.
The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages - Jonathan Franzen Edie and Richard have been married for over thirty years, living in the Chicago suburbs. Everyone who knew them-even their own children Robin and Benny-agreed that Edie was a tough woman to love, but no one expected Richard to walk out on her, especially not in her condition. Edie is fifty-nine years old, she weighs 300 pounds, and her doctors have told her she'll die if she doesn't stop eating. As Richard is shut out by the family and seeks solace in the world of internet dating, Robin is dragged back from the city and forced to rebuild a relationship with her mother. Meanwhile Benny and his neurotic wife Rachelle try to take control of the situation. But have any of them stopped to think about whether Edie really wants to be saved? Written with sly humour, warmth and great insight, The Middlesteins is a novel about what it means to be part of a family.
For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it--and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle-- a whippet thin perfectionist-- is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin children's spectacular b'nai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.