Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
Pandora has looked up to her older brother Edison
since they were children. Now she revels in the anonymity
of her suburban Iowa life, while her brother basks in the
limelight as a New York jazz musician. But when Edison
arrives in Iowa, suddenly in need of a place to stay, Pandora
literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip pianist
has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?
Soon Edison’s appalling diet and know-it-all monologues
are driving Pandora and her husband Fletcher insane.
And it’s only a matter of time before Fletcher delivers
his wife an ultimatum, it’s him or me.
With Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy,
Big Brother not only examines why we overeat, but asks
more pressingly still: just how much should you sacrifice
for someone who refuses to be saved?
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